Historic Folk Toys: Game, 'Buzz Saw'
Our Buzz Saw is made from a 3-inch diameter hardwood disc, which has eight holes, a braided nylon cord, and two wooden handles. Wind the disc on the strings, then pull back and forth gently to make the buzz saw twirl. This toy belongs to the group of toys that early American children were allowed to play with on Sundays.
Historical Background: The Buzz Saw is one of the most popular noisemakers of all times! Native Americans made "buzzers" from a circular piece of bone or antler and used sinew instead of string. Colonial children played with buzz saws. This type of noisemaker was also known as "button on a string" during the Victorian Period and later. A very large button from a mother's sewing basket could be strung for this toy. Coins, bamboo, stones, and seashells have also been used to make this toy. Tin was even used, and teeth were cut around the circumference so that the disc would shred a piece of paper when the two came in contact. Made this way, it resembles a circular saw blade, and this is where it got the name Buzz Saw. Other names for the Buzz Saw are Whizzer, Whiligig, Whirligig, Moonwinder, and Skyewinder.
PACKAGE DIMENSIONS - 3.75 x 5.5 x 0.5"