CEDAR RAPIDS — Clint Henik’s artwork went viral with a chainsaw carving giving the “finger” to 2020, but his work goes beyond that customer-requested design.
His most current carving is in the Czech Village neighborhood, where Shear Confidence, 117 16th Ave. SW, is having a pair of shears carved from a tree downed by the derecho to advertise the hair salon.
“It’s been crazy,” Henik said of the amount of work that followed the Aug. 10 derecho that damaged thousands of trees, especially in Cedar Rapids, which lost an estimated 65 percent of its tree canopy to the hurricane-strength storm.
The finger sculpture in Cedar Rapids that went viral with accompanying commentary about the calamaties of 2020 made Henik’s business more well known, but his work goes far beyond that quirky design.
Birds, fish and other critters, and golf clubs at Hunter’s Ridge in Marion are among the designs currently highlighted on Carve R Way’s Facebook page.
Henik, who started his Mount Vernon-based business in 2015, also advertises with a swordfish sculpture that rides on his truck and has information and images on his website: CarveRway.com.
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