Of Sasquatch and Sawblades: an Art Critique

This is not actually an art critique, i’m afraid (go ahead, sigh in relief).  Merely some observations of the garish world of saw blade painting.  Why, you may ask, have i taken an interest in saw blade painting?  Well i would still be blissfully ignorant if it weren’t for our dear friend Emily Birchman, who approached me with a project proposal for a Christmas gift for her brother Kevin.  You may be aware that she and Kevin have an oddly amusing affinity for the creature known in the PNW as Sasquatch.  Several years ago Emily knitted Kevin a hat with an image of Sasquatch on it and this year Emily wants to give Kevin a painted saw blade featuring Sasquatch.  i, of course, thought this was a great idea and eagerly got on board.

I did my research before starting out and was amazed by what i found.  Before i show you the finished product, i would like to take you on a guided tour of some of the finest painted saw blades that the gallery of the internet has to offer.

This is your typical, run of the mill painted saw blade.  Most paintings are of some kind of pastoral or wilderness scene.  There were quite a few saw blades with hunting themed paintings as well.  This demonstrates the occurence of muddy paint in rather vomitous colors common in many saw blade paintings.

Here is an example of a lovely painted scene on a saw blade.  Still not my style, but i’m sure there are those out there who would cherish it.  Silly question, but if you are going to spend so much time on a painting like this, why would you choose to put it on a saw blade?

On to the questionable subject category:

Ah yes, the much sought after outhouse clock saw blade.


A dragon is an obvious choice to me.

We’ve seen the good, the bad and now we see the ugly:

What lovely, inviting table decorations!

I love that the deer head is springing out of from the ground and has an oddly bear like growth coming off of it’s neck.

Now the piece de resistance!

Please don’t get the idea that this epitomizes my work, except in so much as i try to emulate the spirit of my inspiration as much as possible.  I’ve never painted anything round before and it was difficult keeping track of the horizon.  It kind of looks like everything is going to slide off the saw blade to the left.  Emily, i hope you’re satisfied.  I, myself get a good chuckle whenever i look at it.  I encourage all of you to do your own research into the art of saw blade painting.  There is so much out there yet to be discovered!


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One Response to Of Sasquatch and Sawblades: an Art Critique

  1. Kristin says:

    Liz – you are amazing. And this just exemplifies the best of your humor. What a rockstar!!

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