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Making something of it


Kevin Purcell

Spud Gooch stands with an eagle he carved out of a chinaberry tree.

JACKSON COUNTY Growing up on a farm puts you in contact with a lot of tools. There was one in particular Spurgeon Spud Gooch hated.

Id gotten sick of using chainsaws for cutting up firewood, he says. It was a lot of work. Hot too.

From those days where the heat would bounce off the saws engine and tag up with Georgia humidity, though, Gooch would lay the groundwork for a skill hes presently exploring to bless others and show them Christ.

In June a storm blew through between Jefferson and Athens, leaving two fallen oak trees at Attica Baptist Church. The trees were adjacent to a playground and thankfully had caused no damage to the equipment, but needed to be disposed of.

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