Rustic Photo flames

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Project by Junji posted 06-15-2009 04:30 PM 1814 views 5 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made 2 photo flames today.
We just cut some branches from “Japanese Ash” tree in our tiny garden, and I kept it for a few weeks in my shop. And this is how they turned out. The top and bottom flames are the Japanese ash, and side are the left over white ash from last projects.
The top and bottom piece has 4mm slits and the acrylic sheets are 2mm thick each. This is one of the easy ways to make photo flames.

By the way, the first photo was taken for christmas card last year, and the 2nd one was Shichi-Go-San of our daughter, Tsuyuno, last fall.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#1 posted 06-15-2009 04:37 PM

you have very wonderfull kids , they must make you very proud !
your work is really nice ,
it has an ” oriental ” style .
how do you find the time to do these things ,
with your busy schedule as a rock star ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 06-15-2009 04:47 PM

Very unique frames, & some beautiful children.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 06-15-2009 04:49 PM

Very well done , I like that simple style .

Thanks for sharing with us .

-- Not my woodworking

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#4 posted 06-15-2009 05:10 PM

Nice job! You are blessed with two beautiful children…

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#5 posted 06-15-2009 05:37 PM

Nice frames Junji!

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#6 posted 06-15-2009 05:41 PM

Nice kids very lovely My youngest son Ewen is teaching English in Japan right now.He will be there for two years in all with about a year and abit to go.we Have six Japanese visitors coming over in august to visit us from Ewewn’s school which we are looking forward to nice to hear from you kindest regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 06-15-2009 05:53 PM

VERY nice picture frames, Junji! Beautiful children, too!

Cutting live-edge pieces can be tricky. I’ve made some log picture frames before with standard mitre joints and it’s tricky because each edge won’t necessarily be 45 degrees, since the branches/logs aren’t straight. ...and cutting the groove in round pieces to hold the picture was tricky as well.

Always nice to check out your work! Keep it up!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#8 posted 06-15-2009 06:37 PM

Hey Junji, The heck with the frames….those are some beautiful children! I especially liked the picture of your daughter in the “kimono”. Is that correct, kimono?

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#9 posted 06-15-2009 06:51 PM

Very nice frames and beautiful children. One of the benefits of belonging to a community such as LumberJocks is that you get to see designs from around the world. I found the description of your Shichi-Go-San custom very interesting, as well – your little ones must feel very special and honored on their special days.

Thank you for sharing with us. I hope we see more of your native designs in the future!


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#10 posted 06-15-2009 07:00 PM

i really like this design…it is an art piece to go with beautiful photos…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 06-15-2009 07:13 PM

These are great, Junji. Very unique. Where did you get those cute kids, that posed for the pictures you have in them. :). Has your daughter just turned three years old? Thanks for the post of your wonderful craftsmanship and your beautiful children.

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#12 posted 06-15-2009 08:04 PM

Wonderful children. Loved the frames too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 06-16-2009 01:38 AM

Thank you everybody.
I always try to reply comments one by one, but this time, I will just write in one comment.
My kids are the most important subject in our lives, everything changes after they were born.

Me as a rock staronly works at night. So I have a lot time to woodwork in daytime. Ha!

Where in Japan does your son live now?
If you meet Japanese people for the first time in this summer, maybe you should know that they are all very shy, and most of them are really polite. (maybe some are not…) They have to learn how to speak English, but you have to learn how to say it slowly and clearly! Good luck!

Yes, I know. They are really tricky, but at the same time, it doesn’t have to be “flat”, “straight” nor “square” when you use log. But grooves needs to be straight… “groove” ! that’s the word I was looking for! NOT “SLIT”.

YES, it’s KIMONO. You see in this photo of yellow kimono has long sleeves? That’s we call “Furisode”. “swinging sleeves” These type of kimono are worn only by unmarried women in Japan. And married ones wear “tomesode
So when you see the sleeves of the kimono, you would know it she is married or not. Mine daughter is obviously not married yet!!

Yes, my daughter was really happy when she wore it, we all went to a shrine nearby for a pray, and then we went to a nice Japanese restaurant.

>Where did you get those cute kids
You didn’t know how??? In Japan, we say a stork brings a baby…
Yes, she just turned three years old, but we celebrated her Shichi-Go-San last fall when she was 2 years old. Because in old days, people counted their age in different way. When born, starting from 1 year old, not zero.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#14 posted 06-16-2009 03:05 AM

Looks like I’m late today ;-) Nice work on the frames, better on the kids!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 06-16-2009 03:21 AM

Yeah, where have you been?

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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