NORTH ATTLEBORO - Two North Attleboro residents will start carving out a future as TV stars this week with the premiere of National Geographic Channel's "American Chainsaw."
The program, which premieres at 10 p.m. Thursday, stars Jesse "The Machine" Green a master chainsaw sculptor from Medway and his two assistants, Kerrin Quinn and Brett Schricker, who both hail from North Attleboro.
A second episode of the show will follow at 10:30 p.m.
"You're not going to see a trashy reality show," Green promised. "You're going to see us make some kick-ass art."
Quinn and Schricker provide everything from a helping hand to comic relief.
"Every move she makes is funny," Green said of Quinn. "Brett is my workhorse - he does all the heavy lifting. I give him a hard time, but I found out watching the show he gives it right back."
Green started carving stumps and logs into characters and critters when he was still an art student at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.
He was driving down the street and spied a trio of logs laying nearby. He brought one home and started working with his chainsaw, and it was "love at first cut."
Since then, he has been commissioned to create wooden sculptures for celebrities, towns, businesses and rock bands all across the country.
His huge, chunky sculptures serve as landmarks in towns all across the area, from the a plumber plunging an exploding toilet in Ashland, to an eagle that stands at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Boston, to a giant baseball bat on Everett Skinner Road in Plainville.
The creation of the Plainville baseball bat, shaped out of a 24-foot stump of a red oak tree, will be featured in one of the program's eight episodes.
Several other North Attleboro natives will also make appearances on the show, including Jimmy Quinn, Matt Schricker, Zachary Kahn and Mike Lee, who are members of the band Fevah Dream, along with Green.
Green, who quit his job as a truck driver to focus on a career making chainsaw sculptures, said having a TV show has long been his dream.
Filming was completed earlier this year, and Green said it has been a rollercoaster ride with "an explosion of projects" since then.
"I worked for years to get a TV show, and the stars and planets just aligned the right way," he said.