Tacoma, Washington: Tree Trunk Tribute to The Hobbit

A twisty-turny chainsaw sculpture of Gandalf the wizard battling Smaug the fire-breathing dragon on a ten-foot-tall tree stump.
Address:
1102 N. Anderson St., Tacoma, WA
Directions:
In Tacoma's North End, on the west side of N. Anderson St. just north of N. 11 St.
Hours:
Private property - visible from street.
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
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I live nearby so I had to take a look-see. Found it easily enough using the directions on the Roadside site. The sculpture itself is impressive, with better detail than I expected. Took a few pics.

[Bob Gossman, 07/28/2013]
Tree Trunk Tribute to The Hobbit

In the summer of 2012 a big fir tree was cut down in Ross Barde's tiny front yard. Ross had used the tree to hang his Christmas lights, so he asked that a ten-foot-tall stump be left standing, guessing that he would figure out what to with it before the holidays.

He did. Inspired by the upcoming release of The Hobbit movie, Barde paid $1,000 to chainsaw artist "Thor" Thorsteinson to carve the stump into a tall, twisty-turny sculpture of Gandalf the wizard battling Smaug the fire-breathing dragon. According to Barde, his neighbors have been as delighted with his Tolkien-inspired sculpture as they had been about his Christmas lights.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 11/16/2012]

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