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Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013 4:02 am | Updated: 10:29 am, Fri Aug 16, 2013.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An artist from Florida is turning some dead New Orleans trees into figures of birds and musical instruments.

The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/YBr1Ki ) that wood sculptor Marlin Miller is creating the figures in time for the Bayou Boogaloo festival, which takes place next weekend.

He was working Saturday to carve the figure of an egret into a dead oak tree at Bayou St. John near Orleans Avenue.

Some of Miller's work can already be seen along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. After Hurricane Katrina, he used a chainsaw to sculpt birds from damaged trees along U.S. 90 in Biloxi and at a state welcome center on Interstate 10 in Moss Point.

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