'Tim Treebow' unveiled


Chainsaw artist Sam Knowles shows off his latest creation a Tim Tebow sculpture carved from a dead oak tree in front of Ballyhoo Grill.

Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 5:02 p.m.

Chainsaw artist Sam Knowles works on his latest creation a seven-and-one-half-foot tall Tim Tebow sculpture carved from a dead oak tree in front of Ballyhoo Grill at 3700 West University Avenue on Tuesday.

When asked about the sculpture's weight, Knowles said that it weighs about one ton, but the roots are still in the ground "so I guess he weighs as much as the Earth."

Ballyhoo Grill owner Chris Fragale said his restaurant is a family atmosphere and had the sculpture made because Tebow is such an inspiration to the youth of Gainesville.

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