A crane swings over a giant black walnut tree in Torrance

A crew scrambles over branches and prepares to free the massive trunk from the spot where it's stood for the past 250 years. “You have to have faith that you’re going to find inspiration as you make the cut,” says Ryan Silverman, a dervish of creative energy in orange lumberjack chaps with a smoker’s laugh that sounds a bit like the chainsaw in his hands. Read the rest of the story, as told by LA Weekly, here.