Framed Water Color Print

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Project by Max posted 10-16-2008 12:19 AM 3117 views 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There is story that goes with this framed print. You see my father passed away in December of 2007 and my sisters and myself sold the family home. Our parents built this home in 1946 upon my fathers return from World War II, and all of us kids were raised in this home. It carries a lot of great memories for all of us.

The Realtor that we listed the home with had an artist do this water color and 3 others, one for myself and each one of my sisters. So there is the story on the painting. Now the story on the frame. The Walnut that this is made of is from a tree that my Dad’s neighbor had cut down and we had milled and has been air drying for 3 years. The maple is some that my Dad had in his shop that was left over from a project that he had done.

Now the design of the frame was inspired by a fellow lumberjock Rj.

The frame is of walnut and curly maple and constructed with mortise and tennon joinery and finished with lacquer.

Thank you for looking….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#1 posted 10-16-2008 12:27 AM

That is a great frame with a great story behind it! This has character and will be a real keepsake.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 10-16-2008 12:29 AM


Thank you so much for your kind words. It is a real keepsake.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 10-16-2008 12:32 AM

Beautiful frame and a great story, Thanks.

-- Daddy always said, "Try not to bleed on the wood."

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#4 posted 10-16-2008 12:49 AM

Great story & Frame!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 10-16-2008 01:01 AM

MacTownFish and Dennis,

Thank you very much for the compliments.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#6 posted 10-16-2008 02:17 AM

A great story and a great picture and frame. Did you make frames for the others pictures also.

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

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#7 posted 10-16-2008 02:42 AM


I appreciate your compliments. I haven’t made frames for the other 3 as yet. I will let my sisters decide if they want me to make one.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#8 posted 10-16-2008 02:51 AM

very unique design and what a great tribute to your family…will you make a fram for the other prints as well?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 10-16-2008 04:17 AM

Well done. Memories are one of our most prize possessions. It will remind you of the good times.

-- Nick , North Carolina " If we trust in GOD he will never put us in a place where his graces will not protect us "

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#10 posted 10-16-2008 04:29 AM

Thank you for your kind words. I will make frames for the others if my sisters want me too.

That house has great memories and it does remind me of the good times. Ya know 4 kids were raised in that house and it only is 844 sq. ft. on the main level with a full basement. And only one bathroom!!!!!!!!!! That would never fly now days…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#11 posted 10-16-2008 04:34 AM

Hi Max Thats a super complement to use my design on a project so close to one’s heart the story is really touching And I must say you made me proud ! Job Well Done

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#12 posted 10-16-2008 04:44 AM

Max, That is simply a wonderful story and a really nice looking frame. I have often said that the story behind a project is often just as important as the project itself. Yours is no exception.

I share many of the same memories that you do. My parents built their house in ‘48 and looks a lot like yours with the exception that it was a 1 1/2 story. How we got along just fine with only 1 bath I don’t know but they did not add a second bath until I was on my own. You are right most of us would struggle to get by with only 1 bathroom.

Thanks for the post. I enjoyed seeing this.

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

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#13 posted 10-16-2008 05:35 AM

good one !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#14 posted 10-16-2008 07:03 AM

I make a lot of frames and this one is just uniquely beautiful! The artwork, along with the touching painting, well.. that will make it a treasured heirloom! I am sure your sisters will truly treasure them!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#15 posted 10-16-2008 09:36 AM

The joinery of the framework is a deviation from commonly seen around.

Great job.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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