Uses for the Honking Tree

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Mayor Bolen of Two Harbors will be convening a public meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at the Two Harbor Community Center to discuss ideas for using the remains of the Honking Tree.

Suggestions?

11 Comments

Mary

about 11 years ago

They should have that awesome wood sculptor in Maple (Grizz Works, between Poplar & Brule) make something out of it.   They have some amazing stuff in their yard...

enealio

about 11 years ago

create a bunch of peace poles out of it and place them around the town and up and down the scenic highway.
http://www.peacepoles.com/

Pear Head

about 11 years ago

Cut it into 18" pieces, split, and burn.  Then get on with life.

It's a tree folks, not a national icon.

ironic1

about 11 years ago

I was thinking Honking Tree Memorial Toothpicks.

Or maybe pulp it and make it into official stationery for the City of Two Harbors.

Bret

about 11 years ago

I second the wood carving idea.  We did it all over my old neighborhood in St. Paul when the Elms died.  

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_SURKoZUIukM/R2EuhF3C7LI/AAAAAAAABZU/_UZlwTnJ6eU/s1600-h/Statue+Close+up+wonderful!.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_f_Zc96u7XD0/RlziXM0lQ0I/AAAAAAAAADc/FTxoYsgpESM/s1600-h/WoodMusician.JPG

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_f_Zc96u7XD0/RljRTM0lQvI/AAAAAAAAAC0/iHQuRMP4V-A/s1600-h/Elm_Lady.JPG

Danny

about 11 years ago

Peace Poles is officially the funnniest thing I have heard about this week.

zra

about 11 years ago

i gotcher peace pole right here, check my assless chaps for further details.

hbh1

about 11 years ago

make a beautiful bench, and put it right next to the stump, so people can go there and sit and contemplate the absurdity of there having existed this lonely tree, left in the divide of a soul-less, scalped nothing place (as all medians are), where no one can, with any safety, get out and loiter. A tree that probably only a handful of people would have ever walked next to or touched in this lifetime (touching a tree! weird!), because doing so would have put themselves at risk of becoming a blood smear on the highway, or, heaven forbid, interrupting the flow of traffic. This proper flow of traffic is of course of paramount importance in our world. We're busy people. It is so important that pretty much 100% of our relationship with this tree was as something to honk at while we drove by at 70 miles per hour.

so yes, a bench. right there, where its inevitable decay will feed the barrenness of the soil where it was destined to. a bench which will immediately be dismissed as absurd and never to be, of course, because putting a bench where humans and beast and tree are not welcome, in the center median where it would cause a traffic hazard, just could not be allowed. and who would hang out there? who would ever sit there in the median of a public highway? it's insane. 

i don't usually care for anthropomorphizing of natural objects we really don't understand deeply at all. but i wonder what it was like out there. if we would never sit in the median of a highway, and we don't really care for obstructions there, then how would it have been to be a tree there, never moving, alone, with nearly no vegetation nearby?

tickledpink

about 10 years ago

Make it into a baseball bat and beat the a#*holes who cut it down in the first place!

mendoza

about 10 years ago

Have Secret Service Entertainment manage the stump.  That way we know that it will remain preserved because no events will be hosted at the stump and they will make sure nobody brings any unauthorized nalgene bottles of water near it.

L.T.

about 10 years ago

Come on Mendoza! Sounds like you are throwing in the towl. While the stump may be firmly rooted, it is nothing a pickax-powered jail-break couldn't fix. I always found the tree heartbreakingly beautiful and full of character. It pains me to consider it's 'preservation' at the hands of Secret Service Entertainment. I envision regularly applied coats of shellac slowly growing thick and turning opaque murky yellow until the stump becomes a mockery of the tree it once was. I propose we extracate the stump from the grasping clutches of Secret Service Entertainment! But then again, I am feeling like if the tree isn't even going to protest it's imprisonment, then perhaps it doesn't matter. Perhaps we put the question to it where there is only a yes/no answer required, like: "Dear Stump, please indicate your desire to be free by honking once for yes and twice for no."

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