Marlin Miller, a sculptor from Fort Walton Beach, works to turn the oak tree in front of the Old Lee County Courthouse in downtown Fort Myers into an eagle on Thursday, June 9, 2011. After years of adding supports and trying to save the over 100-year-old tree, officials deemed it unsafe and ordered the tree cut down. County officials then reconsidered and decided to commission Miller to turn the tree into a sculpture. Miller took the job pro bono and Lee County is covering his expenses. He said he expects to complete the eagle sculpture by next Tuesday, weather permitting. 'It will be heavily reinforced to withstand a hundred years of anything mother nature throws its way,' Miller said as he took a break from carving the eagle sculpture with a chainsaw while perched on a hydraulic lift. Tristan Spinski/Staff

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Marlin Miller, a sculptor from Fort Walton Beach, works to turn the oak tree in front of the Old Lee County Courthouse in downtown Fort Myers into an eagle on Thursday, June 9, 2011. After years of adding supports and trying to save the over 100-year-old tree, officials deemed it unsafe and ordered the tree cut down. County officials then reconsidered and decided to commission Miller to turn the tree into a sculpture. Miller took the job pro bono and Lee County is covering his expenses. He said he expects to complete the eagle sculpture by next Tuesday, weather permitting. "It will be heavily reinforced to withstand a hundred years of anything mother nature throws its way," Miller said as he took a break from carving the eagle sculpture with a chainsaw while perched on a hydraulic lift. Tristan Spinski/Staff

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