When it was time to plan the grand re-opening of Russell Do it Center in Clanton, Alabama, store manager Mickey Atkins knew inviting a local chainsaw artist to work on a sculpture would be sure to draw a crowd. But he also wanted a way to make a lasting impression on the community.
“We decided it would be great to commission our local chainsaw artist to carve the Chilton County High School mascot and then donate it back to the school,” says Atkins. “It is very important for us to participate in the town. Our company thrives in giving back to our community.”
Atkins and the staff at Russell Do it Center already are strong supporters of the high school’s football team—they’ve donated materials to help refurbish a locker room and a weight room. The mascot is something they hope everyone can enjoy.
This past spring, on the day of grand re-opening event, the community gathered round as, piece by piece, the mascot began to take shape. When it was finished, Atkins placed it on display in the store during the summer until it was ready for a dedication to the school.