After Updyke sells his trailer, pickup and all the scrap metal in his front yard, it MIGHT pay for the digging of the trench. The aluminum from his Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans might pay one workers salary for a day.
I heard they might use the oak to sculpt a tiger; something really nice they could put on display but there would probably be plenty of wood to also make an eagle and still have enough to sell smaller sculpted items like you're talking about.
There is a guy in Titus, AL that is a master wood sculptor. Some of his work is simply amazing. He had a huge eagle at one point and he's also done a life sized gator and Bryant leaning on the goal post. He could certainly do some really cool stuff if called upon. Dude is an amazing artist.