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Grizzly Adams, bear unveiled at Charlton Middle School



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Jesse Green stands next to his two carvings: Grizzly Adams (based on Charlton resident Bruce Lamprey) and his bear. David Dore. (click for larger version)
December 27, 2010
CHARLTON — Unlike all of the students, two new figures in the Charlton Middle School library won't be going home in the evening. But since they don't need food or sleep, that's not a problem.

Those figures — wooden statues of Grizzly Adams and his famous bear — are part of a regional Eco-art project by Medway chainsaw sculptor Jesse Green. He also recently unveiled, or is about to unveil, similar statues in Spencer (Elias Howe), Sturbridge (Ebenezer Crafts) and at Millennium Power in Charlton (the company's dragon logo).

"My clients kind of never know what I'm going to do," Green said. "I take their theme and do my own thing with it. Ö It doesn't do me any good to do something I've done before."

That statement certainly applied to Dean Packard, the school's principal. He credited members of this year's eighth-grade class with raising about $3,000 to fund the project, which Bernie Chabot said came largely from 65 donations to the Old Home Day raffle.

"This was kind of a blind gift given to the school," Packard said.

As many people saw at Charlton's Old Home Day in September, Green's method is to use a 4-foot-long, 20-pound saw to do the rough-cut work in public, leaving the detailed touch-ups, sanding and painting for his home studio. Each piece takes "20 to 25 hours total," and he had about six going at the time of his appearance at the school.

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

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