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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tucked away in a Westside neighborhood, James Gandy clears his head.

He uses his own version of a stress ball, gas powered of course.

The revving of his chainsaws can be heard can be heard down the street.

"My work got kinda slow, I cut trees for a living," Gandy says the down economy has forced some people to quit paying to have trees removed from their property.

"Been pretty slow," he said while picking out a couple chainsaws.

So to relieve the stress, and fill the downtime, he started carving old tree trunks he had removed from property.

"I gotta a pile of wood."

Makes sense. His job pretty much supplies all the art tools he would need.

If he needs more wood, he'll call other friends in the industry to bring him some.

"Cedar is the best to cut with, it's my favorite."

Right now he's got a couple projects going in cedar.

One is an octopus that's still in its early stages.

The other is a full blown ball eagle attacking a snake.

"Yeah this one is pretty expressive," he said with a big smile.

The eagle and snake is one of his favorites, it's only missing a couple final touches.

"I'm gonna add some more blood to it," he laughed.

He carves and paints his creations, and they're all over his property.

He says this is mainly a hobby now, but has been asupplementto some lost income.

He says pretty much anything he's carved is for sale, except for one thing.

"My eagle, yeah, it'll stay right here on my property somewhere."

Want a wood carving?

You can get in touch with James Gandy on the phone: (904)465-5083.

Or you can click here to visit his carvings website.

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