Double Picture Frame (Old Fashioned)

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Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino posted 03-06-2010 01:27 AM 2586 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dear Fellows,

An old friend of mine commissioned me a sentimental gift to be offered to his beloved teenager granddaughter, in a special occasion. It should be a kind of double picture frame that would have to house two old fashioned elliptical face portraits (black & white) and two samples of hair curls, in whatever shape I could better devise it, even as a small jewelry box.

The photos had been taken from him and his granddaughter at the same age (about 5) and those infant hair curls had been cut off from them at that age. Those curls should be related to the respective owners (this is the main aesthetic problem).

Considering that my friend belongs to a quite traditional family, I devised that picture frame as a flat front board decorated with two chisel-engraved flower garlands in escutcheon shapes, one beside the other, each garland encircling an oval hole (for the portrait) and a small circular hole (for the hair curl). A back board was linked to the front one by using two small hinges at the top side and a small latch at its bottom. The whole assembly opens as a book to receive the photos and the curls and it has a folding back support.

I built it using solid rosewood scraps, what required me much work to glue side by side five narrow strips of rosewood, reinforced with internal iron pegs, in order to make each large board. Only hand tools were used. The finishing was done with wax.

Later I was told that my friend’s granddaughter almost cried by the time of the offering so thrilled she got, what assured me that I have fully accomplished his desire.

Dimensions: 15” long x 10” wide

Best regards,


-- Dilo

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#1 posted 03-06-2010 01:38 AM

There is more to the design here than just the wood! You did it ALL. Wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#2 posted 03-06-2010 01:41 AM

I think I would cry to. Very lovely.

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#3 posted 03-06-2010 01:46 AM

Absolutely Gorgeous!

I would have never realized you had made this from smaller pieces.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 03-06-2010 02:20 AM

Thats really pretty , I am sure she will love it.

-- Theresa,

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#5 posted 03-06-2010 02:22 AM

nothing but the best from you , dilo !

excellent work ,
well done !

-- 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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#6 posted 03-06-2010 04:22 AM

Congratulations, Dilo, you have created a masterpiece! This is without doubt the most magnificent picture frame that I have ever seen. I applaud your talent!


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#7 posted 03-06-2010 05:41 PM

Beautifully created and what a lovely story to go with this piece.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#8 posted 03-08-2010 03:02 PM

Beautifully crafted as always my friend.


-- Robin Renee'

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#9 posted 01-25-2011 07:29 AM

Dilo, I’m enjoying looking at some of these other items that you have built, such as this incredible mirror frame. It is a masterpiece of design and execution. You are just as much an artist as you are a craftsman.

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#10 posted 01-25-2011 06:02 PM

Heirloom in the making. Beautiful.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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