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When Forced To Cut Down Her 110-Year-Old Tree, This Homeowner Turned It Into Something Magical

Talk about turning lemons into lemonade!

A lady named Sara Sanders had a small problem at her Everett, Washington, home.

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Actually, it was a rather large problem. A 110-year-old and 120-foot-tall problem, to be exact.

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Sanders had purchased her house partly due to the big, old cedar tree in her yard—but the tree had started to become a hazard due to its age and the city told her it had to be cut down.

Rather than say goodbye entirely, she decided to turn the tree into a library. Sanders told KOMO News that she had been interested in little libraries, and thought this was as good a time as any to set one up.

Enter an artist named Larry Carter. He teaches the art at two area senior centers and had carved all sorts of figures in his time. Turning a tree into a library, however, was something new for him. Carter took on the project in exchange for any wood that was left over.

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And here’s the finished project, stocked with books that people can “check out” at any time.

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“I’ve seen somebody with a flashlight trying to find a book, so it’s used all the time,” Sanders told KOMO.

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The neighbor’s fence was accidentally damaged during the tree’s transformation, so the raccoon was named “Rocky” in honor of him.

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Carter also updates the signs for various holidays! How adorable.

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h/t: Little Things.