MANCHESTER 6/12/13- Ed Firestone, the owner of Pinewood Furniture looks over a wood carving called the Manchester Silkworm which is on display in the Main Street showroom of his store. Local artist Chris Chaffin’s 150-pound rendering of the silkworm, a symbol of Manchester’s manufactuing past, was declared the best of four entries that were carved from a giant red oak tree that stood in front of town hall for years before falling in the freak snowstorm of October 2011. The unusual wood sculpture will be moved to Town Hall soon to be on display for one year.
This old, historic oak tree, a landmark in front of the Manchester Town Hall, split and broke apart from the weight of the heavy snow during the freak Halloween snowstorm of 2011. A number of artisans have created wood sculptures from the tree.