Saw Art by Cindy Chinn
EDIT: Updated July 2023! 😀 Check out theSawLady.com for my latest work.
Here’s a look at some of my recent Saw Art. I started working in metal a couple of years ago (June 2015) and in an attempt to learn how to use my plasma cutter I started making designs on some old saws I bought at a yard sale. Little did I know that these would end up extremely popular – both locally and internationally.
I ended up having to build a new website just for saw art. 😀
Here’s a video of me working in my metal studio, if you have any questions about my metal art, feel free to contact me! 🙂
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I start with an old hand saw and trace out a design on it. Once in the shop I do my best to see the lines and stick with the original design, but sometimes the metal has its own ideas! Many of my saw art designs will feature parts that I weld on to add a 3D element to the saw. For example, this “Reindeer Saw” uses spare metal for the antlers.
Here’s another standard design with animals behind a fence. I make the fence with old square nails, then hand tie the wire.
I try to make each saw unique, even if it’s a small change.
Some times I’ll just get carried away and go crazy! 😀 Here’s a custom saw based on a client’s stories and some reference photos.
Another thing I’ve always enjoyed doing is mixing together two or more art media in a single piece. Here I used an old bow saw and welded some shapes to the original blade and then backed the design with stained glass. Note how I turned the blade upside down to have the saw teeth look like grass.
Another series of plasma saw art is when I use the large two man saws. These are trickier to design, but they have a certain ‘wow’ factor when completed.
The saw above shows some equipment that the client uses in their work, and then I build them up from spare spare and toy tires!
Here’s another saw I did for a farmer. It has a lot of elements in it and is made from a an old mechanical saw! This was a centerpiece for their living room.
Of course, sometimes I get carried away. This next saw was made for the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum. They are using it as a fundraiser. I wanted to design a piece that had some wow factor – including propellers that spin!
Here’s another video of me working on saw followed by a photo gallery of my designs.