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Blog entry by Roger Strautman posted 2390 days ago 938 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.

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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.

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

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"



8 comments so far

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Grumpy

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#1 posted 2390 days ago

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

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 2389 days ago

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

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Blake

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#3 posted 2389 days ago

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

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 2389 days ago

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!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 2389 days ago

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

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Roger Strautman

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#6 posted 2389 days ago

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"

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Karson

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#7 posted 2389 days ago

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. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#8 posted 2389 days ago

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

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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