102 Year Old Mother
The Cutting Horse™ Story
Hello, I’m Harvey Wysong. In the 1980s and 1990s, I operated a small remodeling business and needed to make use of every inch of space in my van.
The most important thing I did to save space was to design and build a folding sawhorse. It was great! We took 4 to 6 sawhorses with us to every job.
These sawhorses were compact, easy to carry, quick to set up, lightweight, and strong. Best of all, they saved me time and helped me make money.
But there were two major drawbacks. The hardware to build them was expensive, and if I cut through the top with my circular saw, the sawhorse and saw blade were ruined.
After I left the remodeling business, I still maintained my interest in woodworking and home maintenance. And those interests require sawhorses. So, I was always thinking of ways to improve my old design.
In 2011 my mother — at the age of 98 — came down with pneumonia. My brothers and I cared for her around the clock for two weeks, and she pulled through. But she had lost a lot of strength and had to quit driving. From then on she required my full attention, and my business activities were limited.
One day I wanted to do some work on the house, so I decided to build some new sawhorses. I searched books, magazines, and the Internet for new ideas and began experimenting with sawhorse designs. All I wanted to do was build 4 to 6 sawhorses.
And so, after hundreds of CAD drawings and dozens of working models (Mom sometimes helping me in the shop), I finally arrived at the design we now call the Cutting Horse™. It’s a Fold-away™ sawhorse with a Cut-thru™ top rail.
It has all the benefits of my first folding sawhorse, and none of the drawbacks. I think it beats anything on the market, and I hope you’ll agree.