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Friday Fotos - Tomball Cougar Art Sculptor!

Tomball Cougar Art Sculputure


The above oak tree was a causality of Hurricane Ike.  It is on Baker Street in Tomball which I travel often.  I watched the artist sculpting the tree from my car as I traveled back and forth on Baker Street.  I figured the cougars had something to do with the cougar being the mascot of Tomball High School.

I found a youtube video that our local Tomball Potpourri News made that explains it all. The artist who carved the tree is Master Wood Carver Nathan Smith, a local Tomball artist.  He carved two cougars in a rocky cliff setting out of this fallen oak tree.  Yes, the cougars are in recognition of The Tomball Cougars.

Please click here to watch the Youtube vidoe about the Tomball Cougar art sculptor! It is a very cool video and you can even watch Nathan Smith sculpting the cougars.


Comment balloon 37 commentsMarchel Peterson • August 21 2009 12:52PM


That is fantastic!

Posted by Pat Fenn (Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker ) over 10 years ago


Isn't that great? A beautiful tree turned into a beautiful sculpture. Very nice. :)


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 10 years ago

Absolutely amazing.  This is a great piece of art.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 10 years ago

Hi Marchel, One of the nice surprises in life is some of the astounding treasues that other leave behind for us and others to wonder about. I hope we all have something to leave behind that will be as interesting as this tree sculture is. Pretty darn cool.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 10 years ago

Marchel- that tree is beautiful.  I so appreciate the eye of an artist.  I believe we get to have that adopted eye as bloggers.  Expression in all forms is so beautiful, real and true.

Posted by Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant (Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision) over 10 years ago

Nice wood stump carving. We have a few local men who do chainsaw carvings it is fun to watch.

Posted by Diane Daley (Caron's Gateway Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Marchel, That is absolutely amazing....the talent some people have is incredible. 

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 10 years ago


What a wonderful way to turn a crisis into beauty! I am sure it must have been a beautiful tree. At least it can still serve a purpose.

Enjoy the Weekend!


Posted by Judy Schneider (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Marchel, This is really something!  I would echo Judy's sentiment about turning a crisis into something beautiful - totally awesome!  Thanks for sharing this one.

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) over 10 years ago

It's amazing how you can breath life back into something that's dead.

Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) over 10 years ago

Marchel, what a creative use of that tree.  It sure beats cuting the rest of it down for fire wood.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 10 years ago

That's a beautiful sculpture, and a beautiful piece of art.  It's just amazing what some people can do.  Those 'cats' look about ready to pounce. :)


Posted by Sylvie Conde, Broker, Toronto Real Estate (Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 10 years ago

PAT, I think it is very INCREDIBLE also!!

STEVE, It is beautiful! I drive by it all the time and enjoy the art!!

JOAN, Isn't it amazing what you can do with a chain saw!!

WILLIAM, I think it is pretty darn cool also!  Did you watch the video of him sculpting it?  I drove by a number of times while he was working on it.

REBECCA, My daughter has that artist eye and it is such a gift but you are right it can be in the eye of the beholder.

CARON, This was my first experience with wood carving and I thought it was VERY COOl!!






Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 10 years ago

CAROLE, I'm with you!!  I can follow a pattern but to just do something like this from scratch is beyond my comprehension.

JUDY, I don't remember this particular tree but there are bunches like it in Tomball and I'm sure it was beautiful!  I'm glad to see that they preserved the beauty of it!!

MARY, We still see the ravages of Hurricane Ike around here almost a year later.  It is nice to see something of beauty come out of what could have been just a dead tree stump.

SUESAN, Isn't that amazing!  Your words remind me of what Jesus did for us on the cross!

GEORGE, It is now something of beauty that can be enjoyed by all.

SYLVIA, The cats do look ready to pounce.  There's a gecko on the backside.  Someday I will have to do a post of the back of the cougar tree.



Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 10 years ago


Marchel - That is a terrific piece of sculpture and I am glad you shared it.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 10 years ago

Neat carving. Featured in Fridays Fotos...

helping you live your American dream...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 10 years ago

.... just as i thought!  I KNEW i'd find another awesome picture posted by you with particulars added to make it adventurous for us all... like a mini encyclopedia - right here in the rain! 

Posted by Diane Rice, SFR, SRES, CNC ( Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL) over 10 years ago


Now that is a great piece of yard art. Don't tell my wife or she will want to transplant it!

Posted by Trey Thurmond, College Station , Texas Homes (BCR Realtors) over 10 years ago

Pretty cool.... looks like they could just jump off on ya.

Posted by Sally Dunbar, Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale (Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area)) over 10 years ago

Marchel - That is such detail and a beautiful carving of the cougars in a tree. Very cool.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 10 years ago

How wonderful!  Glad you shared.

Posted by Ricki Eichler McCallum, Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS (CastNet Realty) over 10 years ago

What a great way to make something amazing out of the destructiveness of nature.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Marchel - What a cool looking piece of art! I bet that took weeks to complete.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 10 years ago

MICHAEL, Thanks for the feature!  I think it is very cool also!!

DIANE, Thanks and thanks for stopping by.  I have missed your friendly face and words of wisdom.

TREY, Wouldn't that be way cool to have in your yard!  I think it would be way cool to have the big tree also though.

SALLY, It does look like they could jump at you.  My sister just spotted a bobcat on her property in Colorado.  I'm thinking I don't want to come face to face with the real thing.

JOHN, I think it is very cool also.  I love the detail.  I will put the back side of the tree in another post.  It has a gecko on it.





Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 10 years ago

That's beautiful, and a great way to save a majestic old tree. One of my aunts lives in Tomball. She's a nurse at Tomball Regional Hospital.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) over 10 years ago

Marchel What an idea - to create beauty from disaster - now I know why I didn't see it on Speechless Sunday :)  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 10 years ago

Marchel, Such talent some people have.. Not I!

Posted by Monique Combs, Royal Shell Real Estate - Monique Combs (Royal Shell Real Estate ) over 10 years ago

Marchel, that is such a cool piece of art. I love how they turned a situation that was not so great into something so beautiful.

Posted by Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906 (Towne Adams REALTORS) over 10 years ago

I love the tree. It's so much nicer than cutting the tree down, or just lopping it off at knee level. I've seen some trees that have become birdhouse posts, and that's kind of fun.

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) over 10 years ago

RICKI, It is a fun piece of tree art. 

CHRISTINE, It is a visible reminder of who is in charge.  It is not us!!

BILL, It did take quite a while as I drove by several times when he was working on it.

RUSSELL, I love Tomball.  I live very close and do a lot of marketing in Tomball.  The people are just so friendly!!

KAREN, This does bring beauty out of destruction.  When I was down at Galveston this summer they were doing similar things with the palm trees.

MONIQUE, I can follow a pattern but to do something like that from scratch is beyond my comprehension.

WENDY, It is a very cool piece of art.  I think it is wonderful that they came up with the idea.

MARIANNE, So how do you make the tree a birdhouse post.  It must be fairly tall. 




Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 10 years ago

Marchel - Somehow I missed this photo when you posted it Friday.  The sculpture is really quite impressive!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 10 years ago

Well, not that high. With our weather, trees snap off at all sorts of levels. And I've seen folks just top the darn thing with a birdhouse. Looks very out of place!

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Hello Marchel,

Wow!  What a talented artist!  Absolutely amazing!  Thank you for sharing!


Posted by Rita Minion (O'Brien Realty) about 10 years ago

That is really something.  Art is so much fun.  Thanks for sharing it with us.

Posted by Yvette Gardner (Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC) about 10 years ago

That is super.  I love the creativity of the artist.  How anyone can look at a dead tree stump and bring it back to life like that is simply genius.

Posted by Dan Quinn, Dan Quinn (The Eric Steart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Does anyone know how to contact master carver Nathan Smith?  I would love to have him carve a couple of trees on my retirement property

Posted by cheryl simpson over 9 years ago

Cheryl, I'll bet you can stop at the house that has the cougar tree and they would be able to help you find him.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago

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