Chillicothe wood carver Steve Holt puts finishing touches on a mountain lion that he carved into the trunk of a swamp white oak tree at Simpson Park.

Chillicothe wood carver Steve Holt puts finishing touches on a mountain lion that he carved into the trunk of a swamp white oak tree at Simpson Park.

He planned to cover the 7-foot carving today with a marine-grade spar varnish to soften the tones, provide UV protection, and preserve its color.

Holt began tree carving in Simpson Park in 2014, with his first being a bear, which was later named “Livingston.” Other carvings in the park include a lion, bear cubs, an eagle, and a totem pole. Holt has already started working on the next carving, which will be that of a raccoon family.