Cultural Objects, Folk Art
Painted Saw Blade
PeopleMaker/Creator: Selma Keith
PlacesFloyd (Courthouse District)
Steel Bull Saw
- Blade length: 48 inches
- Length with handle: 54 inches
In this painting a red barn and white farmhouse stand out against dark green hills and a grayish-blue sky. A solitary human is heading from the house to the barn as the sun rises over the hill behind him. The entire scene is teeming with life, from patches of blooming flowers, bears, turkeys, skunks; and, of course, many deer.
KeywordsFolk art, saw blade painting
Nathaniel Selma Joe Keith (1913-1999) was the son of Andrew Jackson and Mattie Keith. He was married to Josie Alderman. It is easy to imagine his and his family’s delight in all the animals he tucked into this painting.