Out of the Woodwork: The Painted Panther

American folk art meets the world’s most collectible hand saw.
By Ralph Brendler
Page: 96

From the June 2004 issue #141
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It’s easy to understand why folk artists love to paint on saws – a saw blade is a large and flat area that is easy to paint, yet the overall shape is instantly recognizable as something “old.” Using an old saw instead of a canvas creates an implicit link with the past.

As a rule, tool collectors (especially collectors of old saws) are not too fond of saw painters. The painting all but ruins the collectible value and usability of the tool, and in most cases the quality of the art is pretty abysmal. However, this isn’t always the case.

From the June 2004 issue #141
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