Carvings Gallery and Locations

For any information call
Therese Forton at 716-868-8868.


The Tree Planting Effort to Help
Replace Trees Lost in the
October '06 Storm!

Two Sponsorship Levels:
$250 - tree planted in one name.
$125 - "half of a tree"- shared sponsorship with another name.

You can even choose the community (within Western New York) you would like to plant it back into. We are a 501(c)3 organization and your donation is 100% tax deductible. Thank you for your support!

Please make your check payable to:
Carvings for a Cause, Inc.
12 Soldiers Place,
Buffalo, NY 14222

Makes a wonderful holiday gift or a lasting, living memorial!

View Canisius College Video Institute's Award Winning Video
Sponsor a Carving...

Please contact Therese Forton
at 716-868-8868.

Many benefits for each sponsor
and the opportunity to be a part
of saving our trees and re-treeing
Western New York's landscape!!!
See Sponsor proposal

Make a Donation!

For more information about Carvings for a Cause or to make a donation, please contact Therese Forton:

or by phone: 716-868-8868

A word from the Creator...Therese Forton-Barnes
Therese's Bio

"I have recovered over 80 very large tree trunks from The October storm of '06 from Buffalo and Erie County, and I am still getting more as crews cut them down. Some of them are 75-200 years old. I couldn't bear having them chopped up for wood and am in the process of having them all carved into larger than life size, significant local figures or symbols from our region (Grover Cleveland, Frederick Law Olmsted, Frank Lloyd Wright,Joyce Carol Oates, Jim Kelly, a Buffalo, an Eagle, etc. - See our GALLERY for works in progress). They will be placed throughout the region and will tell a wonderful story of Western New York's rich heritage. Carvings for a Cause is a reflection of our community that cares deeply about a place we call home, and is something our community can cherish and enjoy for many years to come."

It is going to be very exciting for all to enjoy. I look at it as a way to make lemonade out of lemons!

Drawing from the rich heritage of our WNY region, the list of potential carvings is growing! Click here to view.

To get involved or to Sponsor a Carving,
please call 716-868-8868 or email

When not devoting time to Carvings for a Cause Ms. Forton-Barnes operates Events to a Tee, her own event planning business, and authors children’s books about her beloved dogs. See Zaki and Venus Adventure Books.

Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada
A similar project that has been a huge success, is in Truro, Nova Scotia. The Dutch Elm Disease was the cause of their unfortunate situation and instead of cutting their trees down they had sculptors make historical Figures out of each one. See the Truro Tree Project Gallery

Orangeville, Ontario, Canada
The Art Walk of Tree Sculptures for Orangeville has attracted a lot of attention from residents, visitors and other municipalities since it was initiated in 2002. The project gives trees a new life after they have been declared beyond hope by the municipal arborist.

There Will Come Another
"A Lessons from the Trees"
by Grace Maylin
A childrens' book from Creations Publishing, views the tradegy of the October Storm from another perspective, through the eyes and hearts of the trees. Forty percent of the proceeds go to ReTree WNY and their efforts to plant new trees .
Click here to learn more. »

Carved Wooden Bowls

For More Information
Please Call Laurianne Griffis at 716-982-8776


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