Don Mesuda, a chainsaw carver from Hopewell Junction, New York, uses chainsaws, sculpting tools, and airbrush techniques to create master carvings from reclaimed logs of wood. Like all chainsaw carvers, Don has a distinct carving style, as unique to him as his handwriting. Don’s artistic inspiration comes from all aspects of wildlife. Soaring eagles, owls, wolves, and Native Americans have become his signature pieces.
Don finds that carving with his saws at full throttle and their frenzy of sawdust makes him feel alive. Also known as “Big D,” Don believes that carving comes from the heart. All of his pieces represent in some way his journey in the walk of life.
Don began chainsaw carving in 2012. Self-taught, he watched videos and studied carving books to understand chainsaw carving techniques. Countless hours and 18 chainsaws later, he learned how to turn a log into a bear, eagle, owl, or Native American Chief. Ask any carver and they’ll tell you that they develop the ability to see. Don couldn’t agree more.
Don has attended several carving festivals throughout the years. He enjoys painting the wood with an airbrush as much as carving and sanding the sculptures into their final shape.
Don has two carving companions, Suzie and Katie, his nine year old Black Labs who wait patiently for him while he’s running his saws.
His current motto: Now I’m Living.