A branch from the burn pile.

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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 06-25-2015 10:20 PM 1747 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I made 4 small frames from a branch in the burn pile. It came from the cedar mill I visited last Autumn.

These frames are going to the same church I made the “Mariachi” Series frames for. They needed very light weight frames for 4 8X8 paintings they are going to hang on closet doors. They plan to add Velcro to the backs of these frames and the doors. If they use enough Velcro, they should be very steady.

I like the wild grain direction and the live edges. However, it may be a little busy for the paintings.

The knots turned out to be a minor hassle. The frames were breaking at those weak points. I went ahead removed the remaining knot branch pieces, and glued them back in with an ample supply of sanding dust.

The frames are interesting to a point but I don’t think I want to salvage a branch again. ;)

I apologize for the pictures. I was delivering the frames and forgot that I was going to post them. That boring background is part of my prison cell (cubicle wall). And the high quality images are from my I-phone 3.

Thanks for looking!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 06-25-2015 10:24 PM

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 06-25-2015 10:57 PM

Very nice wood for COOL frames…


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 06-25-2015 11:21 PM

Those are really cool. I salvaged some wood out of some limbs out of a pear tree. Been wondering what I could use it for, maybe I should try some of these…lol great job as usual mark.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 06-25-2015 11:38 PM


I love the contrast and character of cedar.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#5 posted 06-26-2015 02:23 AM

I have always loved cedar! Good save and a nice job!

We do sawdust to learn? Right?

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#6 posted 06-26-2015 02:54 AM

Nice looking frames! and the sweet smell of Cedar.

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#7 posted 06-26-2015 03:01 AM

Beautiful frames, Mark. I love the contrast within the wood itself!!

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

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#8 posted 06-26-2015 09:33 AM

Well done, I like their natural unperfect old wood look.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 06-26-2015 07:36 PM


Thanks for the very generous comments. I’m glad you all found something in them that appealed to you.

I heard that if I put the finish on shortly after sanding, the natural purple color would stay. I actually finished the frames a month ago and they were purple. The finish delayed the color change from purple to rust but they change all the same.

Any advice?

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#10 posted 06-26-2015 07:41 PM

I like them Mark. You used a branch? I never would have thought about doing that.

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