Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sneak Peek

Here is the first of my two saw horse horses that I am making for this year's Exposed! held in Stowe, VT and organized by the Helen Day Art Center.
I need two of them because I don't believe that anyone, in the history of humankind, has ever made just one saw horse. It's big, 8'6" x 10' x 5', constructed with northern white cedar so it should easily last over twenty years without any treatment. I'm a little surprise that I couldn't find any examples of anyone else making a saw horse horse though a Google search. It seems like a pretty obvious subject. With the second one I'm planning on having the head point upward. I think they will be inspirational, as in, making people ask, "What can I make with two really big saw horses?" My own question right now is whether it looks horse-like enough. It has 4" nails along its neck for mane but is the head too big or should the neck be longer? I need to find a six year old and get some feedback.


  1. What a fab idea, I can't believe no one else has thought of it so kudos to you :o)

    I don't think that the head is too big, but I do think that the neck should be a little longer if you can, maybe even up to double the length? One easy way to test the length would be to measure at an angle from where the neck joins the top of the body to the floor (somewhere at or under 45 degrees) as horses reach to the floor with their mouths to eat. Sorry if thats pointing out the obvious but it might help you figure it out.

    Well done for thinking of it :o) just make sure you remember to feed and water em regular :o)

  2. Thanks for the comment and suggestion. I've already made the second one and I think they work well together as a couple (will post pictures when they are installed in two weeks). Like you, I've decided I like the head size but I don't think I'll increase the neck, I'm afraid they may end up looking like giraffes. Instead, I'll just have to feed and water them by hand as they really won't be able to reach the ground. Hopefully, it won't be too much of a chore.