How to Draw a Hammer and Saw

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"If I had a hammer,
I'd hammer in the morning,
I'd hammer in the evening,
All over this land.
I'd hammer out danger,
I'd hammer out a warning,
I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land."
- "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)," 1949 American folksong

The hammer is one of the oldest tools in existence. Archaeologists have discovered stone hammers that are thousands of years old.

Saws, too, are an ancient technology. The first saws were naturally serrated materials, such as seashells, shark teeth, or flint and obsidian stones. Metal saws discovered in Egypt date back nearly 6,000 years.

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A hammer and saw pictured together, as in this drawing guide, are often used to represent building-related trades such as carpentry or framing. In the past, tools such as these have also been featured on flags and in heraldry.

For example, a crossed hammer and sickle was used on the flag of Soviet Russia, and a hammer and pick are symbols of the mining trade. The flat surface of the saw may also be painted with illustrated scenes.

Would you like to draw a hammer and a saw? This easy, step-by-step hand tool drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ a Hammer and Saw

How to Draw Hammer and Saw: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing two roughly parallel curved lines. Connect the lines at the bottom using a short curved line. This forms the wooden handle of the hammer.

How to Draw Hammer and Saw: Step 2

2. Next, begin the head of the hammer. Enclose the top of the handle with a short straight line. Then, extend a curved line from each side of the handle. One line should curve immediately away from the handle. The other should enclose a shape before curving to meet the other line at a sharp point. This shape is called the cheek, and the pointed portion is the claw. Use another curved line, following the curve of the claw, to form the other prong of the claw.

How to Draw Hammer and Saw: Step 3

3. Extend two curved lines from the cheek of the hammer. This is called the neck. Connect these lines using a straight line, then extend short curved lines from each end. Connect these using another curved line to form the bell or poll of the hammer. Detail the hammer's handle, cheek, neck, and bell using curved lines of various lengths.

How to Draw Hammer and Saw: Step 4

4. Now, you will begin to draw the saw. First, outline the handle. Use five or more lines to enclose an irregular shape. Detail the top edge by drawing a straight line parallel to the outline.


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How to Draw Hammer and Saw: Step 5

5. Detail the handle. First, draw an irregular rounded shape. Detail one side of this shape using a curved line. Along the bottom of the handle, draw three small circles. These are the screws or bolts that connect the blade to the handle.

How to Draw Hammer and Saw: Step 6

6. Draw a long, straight line extending from the side of the handle. At the end of this line, draw a shorter straight line at a right angle. These lines form the back and toe of the saw blade.

How to Draw Hammer and Saw: Step 7

7. Draw a narrow zigzag line from the handle of the saw to the handle of the hammer. This portion of the saw blade is known as the heel, and the serrated edge is called teeth.

How to Draw Hammer and Saw: Step 8

8. Draw a zigzag line from the hammer to the toe of the saw, completing the teeth.


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How to Draw Hammer and Saw: Step 9

9. Detail the saw blade with diagonal straight lines and a small circle at the toe.

How to Draw Hammer and Saw: Step 10

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