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Sculptor carves tribute to Publick House founder

Green to donate statue Jan. 7

Chainsaw sculptor ‘The Machine’ Jesse Green of Medway is seen working on a giant knight chess piece for a Cambridge-based company. (click for larger version)
January 02, 2011
STURBRIDGE — When thinking about a sculpture, one might envision a person carefully carving a delicate piece of marble or wood or intricately shaping pieces of clay with a chisel — or even working with a blowtorch to craft a work in metal.

Few people would think of massive logs and a roaring Husqvarna chainsaw.

Medway resident Jesse Green, also known as "The Machine", has spent the last 14 years advancing the art of chainsaw sculpture, and he'll be delivering one of his works to Sturbridge on Friday, Jan. 7.

Green was awarded a grant to produce a sculpture for the town by the Sturbridge Cultural Council, and spoke at a Historical Society meeting back in March. At the end of the meeting he asked the audience for suggestions regarding which important historical figure they wanted him to bring to life.

"Bob Briere came up with the idea to have me make a sculpture of Ebenezer Craft, because he was an important influence in Sturbridge and he also founded the Publick House," Green said.

Green began working on the Craft sculpture at the Sturbridge Harvestfest in October, and he has spent the last two months perfecting the project at his Medway studio to prepare for the Jan. 7 presentation at 1 p.m. outside the information center across from Old Sturbridge Village.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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