All that remains of the giant historic Live Oak on the University of South Carolina Horseshoe is sawdust.
The more-than-century-old tree was cut down over the course of three days after it was declared a danger to pedestrians.
According to Tom Knowles, an assistant director for facilities, it was an “agonizing decision” to remove the tree, which had been damaged by a lightning strike about five years ago.
As crews worked with chainsaws, and a crane capable of lifting 10,000 pounds, onlookers made photographs. Amy Gilbert picked out a few branches during her lunch break to have a walking stick made for her 83-year-old dad, who is a USC graduate.
The enormous logs and limbs will be treated at a sawmill so they do not dry out.
The university is making plans to use the wood. Possibilities being discussed include coasters, furniture, picture frames or plaques.
ONLINE: Watch the process of bringing down the tree by clicking here.