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Another one of my frames.....this is made out of catalpa wood

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This is a frame that I was commisioned to make. I carved the carvings. The frame is made out of catalpa wood. I love the wood, it is easy to carve and it is light weight, and the grain I think is awesome. The photo of Becky (RLH) doesn’t really belong in it,it was designed for a painting, but I think she wears my frame very nicely. I had a art show at the Mountain Art Center in Prestonsburg a while back, and displayed her photo that I took of her in the frame.

AKA…...........Woodchic

-- Robin Renee'





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yarydoc

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#1 posted 1550 days ago

WOW now thats nice.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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f15nate

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#2 posted 1550 days ago

Nice frame. I like the carvings.

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Bob Collins

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#3 posted 1550 days ago

Lovely frame and great carvings. You are right about the grain of the wood, it is awesome.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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Dez

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#4 posted 1550 days ago

We had a Catalpa in the backyard when I was in high school. Had to cut it up after a bad wind storm.
I still wish I had some of it now.
Beautiful! Nice carving, i hope to be that good.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 1550 days ago

WOW, yup it’s nice!! you do great work. What s a catalpa tree. hard or soft wood?

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

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DaleM

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#6 posted 1550 days ago

I love Rebecca Lynn, but I guess the frame would look as good with a guy in it too. Okay, maybe not, but I still like the accents you added to it.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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woodchic

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#7 posted 1550 days ago

Thanks everybody….........Topamax the answer to your question, it is a hardwood. But sharp chizels go through it like a knife through butter.

-- Robin Renee'

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woodchic

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#8 posted 1550 days ago

Thanks Dale! Yea, Becky is very talented, I love to hear her sing.
AKA…..........Woodchic

-- Robin Renee'

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#9 posted 1550 days ago

Googled it, but not much out there about catalpa or very much availalbe. Is it somewhat rare?

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

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DaleM

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#10 posted 1550 days ago

Topamaxsurvivor, you’re not going to find them in Washington, but they sure aren’t rare in the Southeastern or Midwestern US. When I was a kid, I would collect hundreds of the caterpillars that would eat the leaves off the trees and I would sell them to a bait store who would then sell them as fishing bait. Those trees were all over around my house in Kentucky. Robin, I hope you don’t mind me answering. I think at the time I got a quarter per dozen while the store sold them for about a dollar or something like that after I sweated all day climbing the tree to shake the branches. I learned a lot about capitalism.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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woodchic

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#11 posted 1550 days ago

Thanks Dale, I don’t mind at all…....I couldn’t have said it better myself. I do know that Catalpa is in the United Kingdom as well. In the United Kingdom there is a 150-year-old specimen in the Minster graveyard of St Mary’s Butts in the town of Reading, Berkshire, I believe it is the oldest recorded.

AKA…....Woodchic

-- Robin Renee'

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stefang

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#12 posted 1550 days ago

Your frame is very beautiful and the carving really sets it off. Nice work. Picture frames are surely an area of woodworking that has been somewhat neglected. It’s good to see that you are making a contribution towards filling that gap. Keep up the good work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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bigike

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#13 posted 1550 days ago

wow, now that’s a frame very nice job.The grain is very sexy looken and the carvings are beautiful too. Where can i get some of this wood or where do u get yours?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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mtkate

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#14 posted 1550 days ago

Just curious… When you compare it to butter would that be as easy as basswood?

Very nice carvings and you are right on about the grain.

I like the same wood inset also.

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Dave Owen

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#15 posted 1550 days ago

Hi Robin – Back about seventy years (in my ‘Indian cigar’ smoking days in Mississippi), I had no idea the wood of those ‘cogar trees’ was so beautiful. Wonderful job on the frame, and the carvings add a very special touch. By the way, I also tried fishin’ with those messy worms – and never even had a bite.

-- Dave O.

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