Before 1992, we ran a decorative wood products business in California for almost three years, before both David and I returned to working for other people (for various reasons).
In late 1992, we decided we wanted move to Washington (the state, not the U.S. capital). In September–shortly before he secured a job and we began the tasks of packing, leaving, re-settling, etc.–David had begun this work of art. The sawblade was ready to be used as his newest “canvas,” but he didn’t have time to actually begin drawing on it until about mid-1993. We were both really excited and happy with the accomplishment once it was done.
For a while, it hung on the wall at our Aberdeen, Washington home. Then we packed up and moved again, in March 2009–to the NE corner of South Dakota. The blade had to be left in my sister’s husband’s shop (they live about 35 miles from where we are now), until we had space to hang it again. Since we moved here to the farm in June 2015, we’ve been saying we’d go get it and display it here, but it wasn’t until the end of September 2019 (just a few weeks back, as I write this), that David finally brought it home in order to hang it on the wall directly behind (and slightly above) my computer monitor, where it is now VERY happily residing (HOORAY!!!).
David took this picture, and I added captions to it to display it here and in the Header Gallery.
As you can see from the captions on the side borders of the photo, David pulled different parts of the scene from either his memory or from photographs he had previously taken. The bridge in the background is the southern part of Deception Pass Bridge, which you can read about by clicking this link.
The sawblade itself, came from Sierra Forest Products, in Terra Bella, California (click the link for more info), where David used to work as one of the maintenance men. When the blades could no longer be sharpened, he would gather them and bring them home for us to use as surfaces on which to draw or paint.
On this copy of the photo he took a few days ago when he hung the blade on my wall, I’ve added the basic facts. Be sure to right-click on it (PC) or hover over it (Tablet or Phone), to get the option to “View Image,” so you can see it better.
Oh! I almost forgot! Be sure to look closely enough to count how many deer there are in the drawing! (grin)