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Pawling, NY (Oct 11, 2016) – “Droppin’ Pieces: A Chainsaw Carving Story” is a short documentary created by Hudson Valley Production Company, MONSTRINTHEDARK, for World Wood Day 2017.


“Droppin’ Pieces is a love letter to wood. I’ve filmed other woodworkers and artists before, but I’ve never met an artist with as much passion as Don. It was obvious minutes after meeting him that there’s nothing more this man would rather be doing than rocking out with his tunes while getting to it with his chainsaws,” said Sean Tracy who directed and shot the film along with interviewer, Kim Rybacki.


World Wood Day is a cultural event created by the International Wood Conservation Society (IWCS). It is held every year on March 21st and aims to highlight wood as an eco-friendly and renewable biomaterial and to raise awareness on the key role wood plays in a sustainable world through biodiversity and forest conservation. Each year films from around the world are screened at World Wood Day and Monstrinthedark is proud to be presenting a piece this year on Hopewell Junction chainsaw carver Don Mesuda.


Born and raised in Poughkeepsie, Don has been carving for four and a half years. Trained as an electrician, he earned five Master Electrician licenses and owned his electrical contracting business for over twenty years. He started chainsaw-carving wood when the last of his 3 children went to college and he had no one left at home to hang out with.  Self-taught, he watched YouTube videos and read carving forums on the internet to learn how to turn a log into a bear, eagle, owl, or Native Chief.


Although World Wood Day is not for several months you can view Droppin’ Pieces now (https://vimeo.com/183500602) and visit Don on the web to learn more about how you can purchase his carvings or watch him carve at a live event (https://www.facebook.com/Northern-Viking-Chainsaw-Carving-987303944742866/?fref=ts)

Author: Harlem Valley News