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Bess Coy sits on the lap of bear that is part of one of the woodcarvings she made with a chain saw and chisels. She plans to donate the work, which sits in a corner of her East Ridge High School classroom, to a library so people can sit on it and read to children. Staff photo by Judy Spooner

ERHS Art teacher gives logs new life

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The students in Bess Coy's art classes at East Ridge High School might not know that she owns a Kevlar vest, heavy gloves, sound-blocking earphones and enjoys being covered in sawdust.


When she is not teaching art, she is a wood carver, at home with a chainsaw and chisels.

One of her projects graces her classroom. A carving of a large bear serves as a chair and an American eagle hovers over it.

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Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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