Greg Napolitan carves wood sculptures and makes art with a chainsaw. In fact, his pieces were most recently on display for an arts and music festival called Riverfest this past summer; the event took place over Labor Day weekend. Meanwhile, his studio is just down the road in rural Hunterdon County, NJ on Route 12 between Frenchtown and Baptistown.
Not much is known about the history of chainsaw carving. However, the earliest records of this art form date back only as far as the 1950s. The idea of watching an artist carve a sculpture live didn’t come around until much later, though.
The Story Behind Greg Napolitan and his Chainsaw Carvings
Greg Napolitan travels to art shows and carves his sculptures on-site. He also makes function art pieces like chairs shaped like eagles, fireplace mantels with vines and leaves, whimsical mythical and fantasy figures like the Jersey Devil centaurs and gnomes. Many of Greg’s works are very large scale.
Greg attended the New England College of Fine Arts and the Philadelphia College of Art.
Frenchtown is located in Hunterdon County in Central Jersey near Flemington, Clinton, the Delaware River, Bucks County and Erwinna Pennsylvania.