I have seen some awesome hand-lettering projects on antique saws so I was happy when I got the chance to do my own. The saw I used has a carved hardwood handle and having been stored in a garden shed for the last 50+ years, there was a lovely rusty patina on the blade. I cleaned it up and removed all the loose rust to get a stable surface for painting onto.
I wanted to letter a phrase onto the blade that had some kind of connection with the use of a saw and woodworking – as well as being inspirational…. so here’s what I came up with:-
Read on to see more pics and find out more about the process…
After much pencil and paper work trying out different lettering styles and layouts, I transferred my chosen design onto the blade.
It took a while to figure out a nice colour combination – I settled on a simple, traditional palette of cream, red and ochre – and then using sign writers brushes and my favourite casein (milk-based) paint, thinned with a little water, I got painting.
…And after some
painstaking hours of painting I was pretty happy with the result
The final stage was a thin coat of linseed oil to seal the painted letters and bring up the wooden handle to a nice colour. The oil also gave the painted lettering a nice vintage look.
I like it so much that I’m not sure I actually want to part with it!