Ebony Picture Frame

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This is a picture frame I made for a sketch I drew for my mom for mother’s day. Its made out of Gaboon Ebony so its as black as could be and has many half lap joints holding the parts together.

When I finished the sketch and my mother requested that I make a frame for it so she could hang it up, I began trying to design a frame that would suit the picture. I wanted a frame that would be well built and attractive, but not be so “flashy” as to draw attention to itself over the picture within it. I was quickly drawn to Asian inspired design because the subject of the drawing is from those regions. I eventually decided on the frame I built having a 5/8” frame in the centre, with a 1/2” frame around that. By having the two frames different in thickness, the pieces have a little more interest and less weight then if both were 5/8” thick like many frames I saw. I quickly knew that I wanted the frame to be black and so I decided to go all out and buy ebony for it. All I did to finish the piece was apply some wood polish which gave the piece a nice soft shine (that makes me at least want to touch it).

I also choose the matting to be black so that the matting wouldn’t compete for attention either, and I think the black gives the frame a little more weight and size (which I think it needs seeing as the frame uses a lot of negative space and thin lines). I also made little ebony swivels to hold the glass/picture in place.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#1 posted 828 days ago

Hey Carter!

You’re quite the artist!

Beautiful Tiger!

A very COOL frame… you did a beautiful job all the way around!


I gotta say… there are ONLY FOUR true Half-Lap joints in that project! OOOO… yes!

The rest of them are close… but NOT TRUE Half-Laps… LOL

Doesn’t matter… just semantics… but, you agree… Yes? LOL

Great Stuff!

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#2 posted 828 days ago

Carter, the simple design goes well with that picture. And the picture is great also. Well balanced in all respects.

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#3 posted 828 days ago

Nice frame and drawing! I bet Mom is really pleased.

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#4 posted 828 days ago

Great mother’s day present. You are an artist of many talents. Your mom should be very proud.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#5 posted 828 days ago

The frame is a purrfect fit for the sketch. Both are beautiful works of art!

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#6 posted 828 days ago

The Lord has certainly given you multiple talents. Your work, be it sketching or woodworking , is a testimony to His work in you. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#7 posted 828 days ago

This is a really kool design. I like the layering. Very nice

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#8 posted 827 days ago

Very nice, you did a great job matching the frame style to the sketch!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#9 posted 827 days ago

Wow. I appreciate your mother asking you to make the frame for your drawing! She’s a smart woman. This is stunning. I hope you ‘signed’ the back of the frame as well as the drawing (maybe in silver ink pen?) It is really beautiful. Very nice job.


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#10 posted 827 days ago

Everything is beautiful! You are very talented!

Very Respectfully,


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#11 posted 827 days ago

Excellent work, I see where you got the wood for your new marking knife too. That’s thinking, something for Mom, something for Carter.

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#12 posted 827 days ago

Those both came out great, very nicely done

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#13 posted 827 days ago

Nicely done, sir. Thanks for sharing.

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#14 posted 826 days ago


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