A merchant commissions a chainsaw wood carver to create an octopus in wood -- and puts it on Tacoma Street

RITA A. LEONARD - This large wooden octopus carving has appeared on the north side of S.E. Tacoma Street in Sellwood, between 10th and 11th Avenues.A large wooden octopus sculpture was recently on a small patio in front of 1035 S.E. Tacoma Street in Sellwood – not far from the Willamette River – not that such a cephalopod would ever be found in a freshwater river. The striking ten-foot-tall creature is depicted guarding a treasure chest, complete with a pirate map and pieces-of-eight coins.

Washington State chainsaw artist Ray Schulz, who carves the distinctive bears found in front of Black Bear Diners, has been plying his trade for over twenty years; this unique sculpture was commissioned by Kelly Green, owner of the Green Oasis dispensary behind it. It was created from ponderosa pine, carved into sections called "cants", then kiln-dried.

Thus prepared, the sections were transported to the Sellwood location and bolted together. Green calls the new wood sculpture "Mr. OG", and says he hopes it entertains passersby.

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