The Saw Painters’ Mother Ship

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The Saw Painters Mother Ship Attention woodworkers in and around the Great Falls, Montana, area: Have you noticed a curious lack of vintage handsaws in your flea markets and antique malls?

Well there’s a reason that greater Great Falls is the black hole of vintage saws. The saw painters have made a 22’-high mechanical shrine to the craft using 208 handsaws – it was just dedicated at the Marias Museum in Shelby, Montana.

As much as it pains me as a woodworker to see 208 saws painted and rotating and telling the time, I have to admit, it is an impressive mechanical display.

“Standing 22-feet high, the saw clock is comprised of eight large discs of hand saws that alternate between 4 feet and 6 feet in diameter. Each saw blade — and there are 208 of them in total — has been designed, painted or otherwise decorated to represent a family or business from the Shelby area. Each disc is motorized and designed to independently spin while the entire wheel of discs slowly rotates around the saw clock’s center.”

You can read the entire store here on the web site of the Great Falls Tribune.

I’m just relieved that I cannot enlarge the photo of the clock, otherwise I would spend a good deal of time looking for a panther saw among the tools.

Thanks to Mark Poulsen for the tip!

– Christopher Schwarz

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