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.