Picture frame for my Wizard Marquetry

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Picture frame for my Wizard Marquetry
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I didn’t post the frame along with my Wizard project because it made the wizard picture too small, but I felt a little guilty about it so here it is.

I just made a quick frame out out pine, then I used a gouge to put those random carving marks into it and a ‘V’ iron for the borders. None of this work will impress any of you carvers or probably anyone else out there, but I wanted it to look crude, so I did my very best carving and it turned out just the way I wanted it to. Making the frame and the carving took about 2 hours altogether.

I hope it goes well with the picture. It’s hard to be objective about your own work, and this is a Christmas gift for my son and DIL, so please let me know if you think it really sucks and I will try again. Thanks for looking at it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 10-10-2014 04:02 PM

Well Mike, I for one think it doesn’t really suck.
In fact I think it looks really good and compliments the picture perfectly.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 10-10-2014 04:03 PM

Thanks Paul, that’s a relief. All I can see when I look at is that little knot.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 10-10-2014 04:20 PM


-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 10-10-2014 05:00 PM

well mike it really sucks…LOL JUST KIDDING, I LOVE IT, YOU DID A GREAT JOB ON IT AND IT GOES REALLY WELL WITH YOUR WIZARD….opps i always mess up with the caps button and don’t look up until i’ve typed a whole sentence…well great job…now,,,,what’s next…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 10-10-2014 05:02 PM

Framing a picture is a complex art that some how escapes me. But I think the frame can be made to fit the surroundings of where it will be displayed. Is that what you are doing, at least to some extent? Scandinavian art and design definitely has a particular feel to it.

The knot bugs me as well, and I would have drilled it out, filled the hole somehow, possibly with wood, and then probably put a gouge over it.

How is the frame finished? I can’t tell that from the picture.

In any case, the frame does a few things quite well, and the more I looked at it, the better the frame looked to me. First of all is made with obvious hand work, the same as the marquetry, and so there is a harmony the makes the frame feel right.

Second, it pulls you back from the piece, which I think is important. I had trouble getting a three dimensional feeling with the unframed marquetry displayed. It was probably compounded by the fairly large screen I use. But on the other side, marquetry kinda begs you to move up close and look at the details. It is probably what makes the medium particularly difficult. You can’t use filler and a lot of sanding to disguise a defect.

Thirdly, when you move back, the diagonals of the relatively wide frame draw your eye into the marquetry and away from the frame itself.

There are an infinite number of ways you could have framed this, but this frame, with the three attributes I have mentioned, make this a particularly appropriate frame.

Your choices may have been intuitive, but they were good choices, I think.

I like the frame, except for the knot. Your eye immediately is drawn to the knot, and you try to figure out if it is a bug, a rusting screw, etc. It is distracting.

Start of a weekend off, thankfully, so I drank too much coffee talking to Sherie, and that probably makes me overly effusive….....but I am happy to not be working for a few days…..............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 10-10-2014 05:39 PM

Mike: I LOVE the marquetry, and I LOVE the frame, but I don’t think I would have put the two together. They’re separately outstanding projects, and because of that I think they compete—I don’t know what to look at first. To my eye, the marquetry wants to be in a simple white matted frame, and a black-and-white photo wants to be in the frame. My $0.02.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 10-10-2014 06:25 PM

Excellent job, Mike, !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 10-10-2014 06:29 PM

I like the knot, Mike. Good frame.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 10-10-2014 06:39 PM

Thanks for those great and honest comments guys. It appears to me that you are all correct because perception is a personal matter. That said I do agree with Jim about the knot. I also find it distracting Martyn and my wife like it, so maybe I need to ponder that awhile. John’s argument is also well taken, especially since I considered using a dark outer border and/or inner boarder earlier. However, I rejected that because it would have been a bit too formal with straight lines and I wanted a more crude hand done look which in fact fits well into my son’s house where they have some pine furniture. My original plan was to use wood with bark for the frame or at least with a natural edge, but I’m not very clever at producing a rustic look, so I decided on pursuing the KISS principal instead and just go for crude which I am very good at producing (unfortunately). So far the yes’s outnumber the no’s, so let’s see if we get some more comments before I make a final decision.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 10-10-2014 07:28 PM

I’m still voting for this one, Mike. It’s the way I saw it when you made Daily Top 3. Like I said, I love the frame, but I think you should save it for a gray-scale marquetry project.

I took the liberty of signing and dating it for you. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#11 posted 10-10-2014 07:47 PM

That does look pretty good to me John except that it makes the white beard and clouds in the picture look a bit too brown. Here is what my wife likes best (she did say that your frame makes the picture stand out best, kudos to you).

One thing I did forget to mention is that this picture will be hung on a relatively dark wall whether that is in their hobby room, living room or bedroom. It does look very bland against our light colored wall in the photo. We don’t have any dark walls to try it against. I’ll have to see if I can find something dark as a temporary background and take another photo tomorrow.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 10-10-2014 08:15 PM

I think the frame compliments the picture very well. The light colour picks up the colour of the clouds. The randomly carved ripples also seem to go very well with the picture. To me it gives the impression of leaves on the forest floor.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 10-10-2014 08:22 PM

Hello Mike,

The frame.

Oh what a dilemma

I read all the comments and agree with both views JH’s efforts certanily make the colours (colors) stand out
Your frame complements and presents the the work well. (as above ack PW) The knot is a bit distracting, you could if you thought it worthwile drill it out and plug it to remove it. ...(again ack (JB)

You could also make another style and then see if you are more comfortable with it.

From my point of view it seems like you have gone to quite a bit of effort to produce it so I personally would opt for a patch/plug.

Also in regard to the frame, they are something I have never made, so in knowing that I for one would be interested in seeing the process you followed to produce it. In particularhow the tools are used and what a “V Iron” is..

So in closing I guess its a sensible move to stand back and review for a while, and a throw away comment in the hope of getting a smile from you.

There is no such thing as gravity the whole world sucks !!

-- Regards Rob

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#14 posted 10-10-2014 08:39 PM


was I shouting?

No competition between subject and frame, and in your wife’s version, the knot adds to the composition rather than detracting—just the right counterpoint and it repeats the knot in the tree. It would be lifeless without it.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#15 posted 10-10-2014 10:00 PM

Knot to worry Mike. I think that your intuition guided you perfectly well, and I agree with your wife, Paul, and Martyn (as well as the others who like your end result). Final result is great!

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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