International Musical Saw Association Festival Fun!

The 2022 festival in Felton was a great success, with people coming from all over to listen to the soothing sounds of the saw. There were new faces, lots of prizes, and great music. The grand prize winner was Gerald Reynold from Fresno who wowed the audience with a beautiful rendition of “Amapola” on an antique Disston saw he inherited from his father. It was a remarkable performance. Hooray, Gerald! Congratulations everyone!


Winners from left to right: 1st Place: Gerald Reynold (Fresno, California), 3rd Place: Pam Elder (Orinda, California),
4th Place: Yafah Almog (Santa Cruz, California), 5th Place: Donnie Hodges (Prunedale, California), 2nd Place: Rowena Southard, (San Anselmo, California)


The chorus of saws, including all the winners!


The Blacklock Family Band! Thanks, Blacklocks!


Thomas Spearance always puts on a great show!



In the video below, you can see Thomas Spearance warming up for the festival with IMSA president Art Peterson the day before the contest in Santa Cruz!


There was even saw fashion at the festival! Look at that fascinator!



A wonderful crowd!


Hope to see you next year!




Rowena Southard, your blog hostess, is a musical saw enthusiast who lives in California. She loves all kinds of music and has a special fondness for unusual instruments.