The Crying Ash

by Chris Ingram

Design Statement

I chose this ash tree trunk for the abundance of knots from the branches. These knots immediately looked like eyes the first time I saw it.

I used a chainsaw, wood chisels, grinders and a draw knife to expose the multi-dimensional faces morphing into each other all around the trunk. The natural earth dyes allow the grain of the wood to stay visible, enhancing the knots as eyes. Among the faces, you might see a fox, a horse, a moon – all of the things the ash tree will no longer experience as it nears extinction.

The spire looks different in different light, as the sun passes over it through the day creating unique shadows.


Materials:  Natural earth dyes

Dimensions: 13″ x 13″ x 66″

Map/Spire Number: 57

Location: The Pennington School

Address: 112 W. Delaware Avenue, Pennington NJ

About the Artist

About the Artist




HV Arts Council Patterson Full Spire
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Artistic Accolades:

“An organic demonstration of woodworking skills that let’s your imagination go wild!”