Page 13: Turning tragedy into something special

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - By David Elliott – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - In 2005, trees up and down the coast were ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Right after the storm, Enver Karagoz set out on a special mission.

"I collected wood from damaged trees and I wanted to preserve it," Enver Karagoz remembered.

Enver uses a lathe in his Orange Grove garage to turn wood into what he calls Katrina Bowls. The objects of art are commemorative pieces dedicated to the memory of the day Katrina struck the coast.

Enver's wife, Sue, helps him sell and donate the unique bowls.

"We have people come up to us at crafts shows and say, 'What beauty out of such devastation,'" Sue Karagoz said.

Enver has sold hundreds of bowls to collectors all around the country. Trees are a symbol of strength, and the Katrina bowls capture the essence of trees and the horror of disaster.

"Katrina was very humbling," Sue said. "It brought us back to what's really important. It's not fancy purses and that kind of stuff. These bowls symbolize that to most people."

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