Large picture frame commission.

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Roger Strautman posted 02-15-2008 10:41 PM 1461 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In this blog I thought you lumberjocks would be interested in seeing the whole process that I go thru when doing this picture frame commission.

This is the picture that the owner wanted a carved frame for. As you can see by the photo the picture is out of the frame and I was able to take the frame with me so I could make the new frame the proper size for the picture. The new frame will be 3’-6” +- X 6’-6” +- so this is as large a frame I will have did to date.



The customer said that this painting was painted by Admiral Peary’s personal artist while on his trip to the North Pole in 1891. The only request the owner had for the design was to keep with the theme of the North Pole. After extensive research about Peary and his expedition I have discovered that Henson was as much a part of the discovery of the North Pole as Peary so I chose to include him on this frame. I also found that Peary designed and built the sleds that were used on their long journey to the pole so that’s why I used the Peary designed sleds. I thought it would only be fitting to use the globe with the star on top to acknowledge this expeditions destination. I chose to use a rope along the side frames just to tie in the top and bottom frame sections; also rope was a key element to this great accomplishment. Last but not least I added the years that this assault started, 1891, and ended, 1909.


Next time I’ll have samples that I submitted for owner approvial.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

8 comments so far

View Grumpy's profile


24668 posts in 4054 days

#1 posted 02-15-2008 11:37 PM

Great job and a nice piece of history Roger. I like the effect of the globe on the frame.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

View Scott Bryan's profile

Scott Bryan

27250 posts in 4025 days

#2 posted 02-16-2008 12:55 AM

When I first saw the post I just thought you were going to demo how you made a frame for the picture but this is stunning. I am sure that this will be gorgeous when it is finished.

Do you do the entire framing for the picture or only the carved frame?

Thanks for sharing. I am really looking forward to seeing the finished product.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

View Blake's profile


3443 posts in 4077 days

#3 posted 02-16-2008 01:14 AM

That’s really cool. Great idea on the globe.

-- Happy woodworking!

View Lee A. Jesberger's profile

Lee A. Jesberger

6866 posts in 4182 days

#4 posted 02-16-2008 01:51 AM

Hi Roger;

I guess you’re having fun with the research. I know that would interest me greatly. Nothing like adding your part to past history.

That’s the feeling I get when working on the same buildings that the great master craftsmen in the Philadelphia school, from the eighteenth century worked.

It’s very humbling. And exciting.

Have fun with it. I’m sure you will do it justice!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

View Todd A. Clippinger's profile

Todd A. Clippinger

8901 posts in 4302 days

#5 posted 02-16-2008 02:03 AM

That is one prestigious project. My hat is off to you.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

View Roger Strautman's profile

Roger Strautman

656 posts in 4336 days

#6 posted 02-16-2008 02:20 AM

Thanks everyone for such kind remarks. Yes Lee, the research has been just about as much fun as the carving will be.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

View Karson's profile


35149 posts in 4603 days

#7 posted 02-16-2008 04:34 AM

Great commission Roger. Go to it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

View MsDebbieP's profile


18618 posts in 4363 days

#8 posted 02-16-2008 01:23 PM

how wonderful
I really enjoy watching a project unfold from the idea to the end product.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics