A cut above

From small sculptures to hefty furniture, chainsaw sculptor Jesse Green does it all. His custom-made creations range from $3,000 to $9,000. Check out themachinejessegreen.com to see his portfolio.

Happy medium

Chainsaw sculptor Jesse Green’s secret weapon is good wood. He tells us he gets his wood from a nearby firewood spot in Bellingham, where he is allowed to pick whatever he wants. ’Course, he always goes for “the biggest pieces possible, the juicy, tasty, delicious pieces.”

 

Tool Spree

If you’re in the market for a chainsaw of your own, chainsaw sculptor Jesse Green recommends his favorite brand, Husqvarna. “Look for a Husqvarna dealer that offers service, too,” he says. We trust that’s because of all the wear and tear from shredding, say, a rendition of Yogi Bear. 


The Real Deal on Reality TV

So you wanna be on TV like Jesse the Green Machine? First, you need sizzle reel, says chainsaw sculptor Jesse Green. “This is a two-minute-long commercial that leaves a good impression of what the show would be. Remember that networks are all different. Your format needs to match their needs…. One network may say no way, whereas another will be salivating.” And the golden rule? “Don't give up. Feel me?”

 

 

The Chainsaw Mosaic

Forget gentle hands and soft clay. Jesse Green is a power tools and sawdust kind of guy. He’s a trained sculptor, just like that Michelangelo dude, but Jesse the Green Machine would take a chainsaw-shredded wooden duck named Donald over a marble statue named David any day, grazie.

Tattooed, grizzly-bearded, and never without his sunglasses, Jesse may be familiar from the National Geographic Channel reality show American Chainsaw. The show was filmed in his own backyard in Medway, where Jesse would slash and carve tree trunks with Hogan, Nash, and Andre, chainsaws named after his favorite wrestlers.

 

And even though he looks like he would chainsaw YOU if you crossed him, the truth is, Jesse is a kind and gentle soul, drawn to the artistic life from the get-go. He would spend most afternoons after grade school drawing cartoons at his Holliston home. By the time he entered the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, he was focusing exclusively on sculpture and 3D studies. Always thinking big, Jesse one day impulsively picked up some scrap wood and a chainsaw, revved the engine, and—well, it was love, as he says, at first cut.  

 

Now, 16 years later, Jesse travels around the nation sculpting everything from a record-breaking 17-foot-tall totem pole to a custom statue for one of the princesses of Jordan. After working in bars and restaurants, he can now proudly say that he supports his wife and baby with a full-time career in sculpting. And shredding. And smashing. 

  

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