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Menomonie sculpture brought to life via instructor’s tall tale

October 29, 2012

A tall sculpture on the banks of Lake Menomin has a tall tale to go with it, thanks to a UW-Stout instructor.

David Tank, who teaches journalism and mass communications courses, has written “The Lumberjack and the Eagle,” a children’s book that brings to life the wooden sculpture on Crescent Avenue, in downtown Menomonie.

David TankTank, who published the book earlier this year, will give a reading at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Menomonie Public Library and sign copies. He also will perform a new song based on the book.

“The Lumberjack and the Eagle” provides a fictional accompaniment to the chainsaw sculpture created in 2009 by Justin Howland of Maple. An eagle is perched on a dead tree above a lumberjack, who Tank named “Jake.”

“He needed a story,” Tank said.

Brash and boastful “Jake” pledges to cut all the trees in the forest with his ax, but before he finishes the job an eagle tries to stop him.

“Jake” represents 19th century logging philosophy. “The story has a good message about caring for our environment. We have very different practices for logging today,” Tank said.

In addition to writing the book, Tank took the photos and created the photo illustrations. He has authored two books on 3D photography, “The Magic of 3D Photography” and “Wisconsin Wildflowers in 3D.”

For more information, contact Tank at 715-232-2177 or go to www.lumberjackandeagle.com.

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