Blast from the Past / 1976: Champion with the hot saw

Dennis Anderson of Headquarters, a champion power sawyer, was shown with his alcohol- and nitro-fed hot saw in the background in this Gary S. Sharpe photo published in the Oct. 3, 1976, Tribune. The accompanying feature story, also by Sharpe, included details about Anderson’s success in logging competitions throughout the Northwest that had garnered him 22 first-place finishes. He said one of the hardest parts of getting to competitions was shipping his saw, because federal regulations prohibited passengers flying with motors that have consumed gasoline or oil. In his regular job, Anderson worked as a sawyer for Potlatch Corp. and also served as an emergency medical technician. Readers who would like to share their historical photos from throughout the region may do so by emailing them to or submitting them to: Blast from the Past, P.O. Box 957, Lewiston, ID 83501. Questions? Call Jeanne M. DePaul at (208) 848-2221.

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