The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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October 10, 2013

Sculptor lends talents for Hot Off The Grill

Thursday, October 10, 2013 — He has the hands of a worker, the eye of an artist and the heart of a good Samaritan.

Add a long gray beard and an even longer pony tail and you get Ron Knight, a national champion chain saw sculptor who lives in Midland and performs all over the country. He can take a tree and turn it into a bear in an hour. An eagle takes a little longer, but one has to consider all those feathers.

He will perform his tree magic Saturday at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church’s Hot Off the Grill barbecue competition. He is donating his time and talent because he believes in giving back.  

“When I heard that the proceeds are going to help others, I was happy to participate,” he said, adding that he is blessed  to be able to share his talent in this way.  

At Hot Off the Grill, Knight plans to carve a bear about five feet tall from the trunk of a giant cedar tree donated by members of St. Martin’s. The bear will be auctioned during the event and all the profits will go to Stanly Community Christian Ministry, Community Care and St. Martin’s Shepherd Fund.  

Knight was a carpenter until he had open heart surgery a few years ago and retired. He realized he had a talent for wood sculpting when he tried making a bear for his daughter. The first one wasn’t perfect, he said, but his daughter  treasures it.

“But I don’t think anybody is going to steal it,” he said.  

After that first one he made another and another and just kept going.

“You learn something with every one,” he said, “and you learn pretty quick that a two-by-four isn’t anything like a bear.”

The creative process can be a bit of a mystery, Knight believes, and sometimes talents just emerge from within. When asked how he knew how to turn a tree into a work of art, he said that we all can do more than we know.

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