The Crosscut Sawyers Wood Panel Print

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The Crosscut Sawyers Wood Panel Print

175.00

**CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK**

BACKORDER: Order now, and it will be delivered before January 31.

Edition Size: 33
Panel Size: 24x12 inches

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Limited edition giclée print of The Crosscut Sawyers from the Jobs of Yesteryear Series. Printed on acid-free paper with archival inks and mounted permanently to a custom-made wood box panel. This print is ready to hang and has the look of the original painting for a fraction of the cost. The Jobs of Yesteryear are thought-provoking conversation pieces that will bring an air of history and whimsy to any room.

Back in the 1850's, lumberjacks began to harvest the giant redwoods of Northwestern California to supply raw materials needed to house all of the 49ers heading west to strike it rich. Two-man crosscut saws were the most efficient means to fell these massive trees. First, a notch would be made on the side of the tree facing the direction they wanted it to fall, a laborious task done using axes. Next, the loggers would begin cutting a kerf on the opposite side of the tree using a long crosscut felling saw or even two saws brazed together. If the kerf began to close as they sawed, wedges would be inserted to keep it open. Sawyers would stand on spring boards driven into the tree to avoid the rotted lumber often present in the stumps of large trees. The advent of the chainsaw in the early 20th century led to much more efficient logging and crosscut saws were largely made obsolete by the 1950's. In 1968 Congress created the Redwood National Park to protect the remaining 10 percent of original redwood stands after heavy logging. Interestingly enough, the first chainsaw was invented in 1830 by a German surgeon who used the small device to cut bone.

Each original painting is created on stained birch wood panel using only three colors of acrylic paint, which gives the work a monochromatic theme of warm greys and creams and have the feel of a black and white photograph steeped in history. The long limbed characters are crafted using hundreds of hand-torn bits of kraft paper collaged on top of watercolor paper and painted with an acrylic wash. The technology or innovation that led to the job becoming obsolete is included in each painting.

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