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Poisoned Auburn oaks become museum piece

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Matt Moulthrop, a third generation master woodturner, finishes a piece made from one of the poisoned oaks at Auburn. Auburn University photo Matt Moulthrop, a third generation master woodturner, finishes a piece made from one of the poisoned oaks at Auburn. Auburn University photo

ATLANTA (AP) - Noted Atlanta wood-turner Matt Moulthrop couldn't bring back Auburn University's landmark oak trees that had been poisoned by a University of Alabama fan back in 2010.

But as one of the nation's top young craftsmen, Moulthrop knew he could create something beautiful and meaningful that would stand as a symbol of the oaks' majesty.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/1mISJ12 ) Moulthrop created a large bowl now on display at the university's Jule Collins Smith Museum. It will eventually become part of the museum's permanent collection.

Moulthrop has also been commissioned by the university to create more bowls from different sections of the oaks for major donors to a capital campaign. Moulthrop says the project became "almost overwhelming" as he learned more about how much the trees meant to the Auburn family.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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