When Don Barge first saw this giant cypress tree stump, he knew he wanted it.
“At the time, it was too heavy to do anything with. I waited a year to go and get it,” Barge said.
Don spotted the stump while on a hunting trip in the woods near Waveland, Mississippi.
Along with family, Don went back to get the tree stump. It took hours to load it onto the trailer. 71-year old, Barge would not give up. He knew all their hard work would pay off.
“When I decide to do something then I will do everything I can to make it work,” he said.
He envisioned putting it in front of his long-time Marrero business, Acadian Carpet Center on LaPalco Boulevard. The stump has been sitting outside in the front for six weeks.
“There’s been a lot of interest from a lot of people about it. It’s the biggest stump they’ve ever seen,” he said.
“It’s 12 foot tall and across it’s 13 feet by 9 inches. The circumference around is 39 feet, and I’ve been told it’s about 200 years old,” he said.
His tree stump is more than just landscaping. If you look close enough, you’ll see animal designs in the bark.
“In here, you can see what looks like a baby alligator and right above it, it looks kind of like an angel fish,” Barge said.
He’s quite proud of his tree stump.
“It’s just a beautiful piece of wood. I’m not going to part with it. I’m not going to use it as firewood, and I hope no one else does.”
Right now, Don’s looking for a statue of a bird—possibly an eagle or a pelican to perch on top of his tree stump.