Walnut and Purple Heart Picture Frame

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Project by SEE posted 02-18-2010 10:12 PM 2033 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently made this frame for a friend’s needlepoint work of Psalm 23. The lady for whom I made it is a really good person who spends a lot of her time helping old folks who are shut ins. She’s a rare breed!

She asked me to build a frame for her needlepoint. Thus far, I’ve built only a few picture frames. She was expecting something very simple and ordinary. I wanted to do something special for her simply because she’s the sort of person who does so much for others, expecting nothing in return. Building this frame for her was my way of “paying it forward”, so to speak.

She was stunned when she received the frame, which was all the payment that I wanted: for her to know that she’s appreciated.

I hope you enjoy seeing this frame as much as I enjoyed it making it. Comments, constructive criticism, and suggestions for improving my skills are always welcomed. Thanks for looking.

Best Wishes to all,


-- Build for the joy of it!

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#1 posted 02-18-2010 10:43 PM

That is an exceptionally nice frame and I really appreciate the story that goes with it.

I have never thought of putting walnut and purpleheart together and I work quite a bit with both of those woods. I see here that they really look nice together.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 02-19-2010 12:37 AM

Stephen, this is a gorgeous frame. You chose a nice wood combination as well. And, of course, thanks for the story behind it. I have often said that the story behind a project is often as important as the project itself. Brightening her day, as you did with this gift, was a great gesture on your part.

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

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#3 posted 02-19-2010 01:07 AM

Thanks for the comments, fellas. It was fun choosing the material for this frame. Rich, this was the first time that I had used walnut and purple heart together. The subtle contrast of the two dark woods seemed to not detract from my friend’s needlepoint work AND they both matched well, I think, with two of the colors that she used in her needlepoint. The goal was to enhance her work. I suppose this what you call a “custom frame”.

I agree that the story behind a project is very important and puts things into perspective. That reminds me: I’ve begun to add a few details along with my signature on most projects. The reason that I do this is so that people many years from now, if the piece survives, can look on the back, the bottom or some other inconspicuous place of a piece and see a bit of the “history” of that piece. For example, on this piece it’s signed:

Stephen Edwards/2009
Clay County, TN

A personal note to my friend

Materials used: Black Walnut and Purple Heart

Who knows? Perhaps 100 years from now this frame and needlepoint will show up at a yard sale somewhere! People will at least say: “Mmmmmmmm, I wonder who those people were? Ahhhhhh, so that’s what kind of wood that is!, etc. etc.”

Anyway, that’s what I’ve started doing and I just like thinking about that sort of thing.

-- Build for the joy of it!

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#4 posted 02-19-2010 01:12 AM

very nice work, it looks as though the wood was folded at the corners.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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John Gray

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#5 posted 02-19-2010 01:37 AM

Beautiful frame you did the lady right. I’m sure we all are proud of you, I for sure am. THANKS for the post.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#6 posted 02-19-2010 01:40 AM

Good choice.

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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John Nixon

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#7 posted 02-19-2010 05:00 AM

Nice work Stephen! It’s nice to make things for people who appreciate and deserve the fruits of your labor. Most of my projects have a recipient in mind beforehand, and I think of that person as I’m working on the project. It inspires me to do my best work when the recipient is a special person.


-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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