Ebony Picture Frame

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Project by CartersWhittling posted 05-15-2012 03:31 AM 3001 views 14 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch


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 05-15-2012 04:05 AM

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 05-15-2012 04:09 AM

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 05-15-2012 05:22 AM

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

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#4 posted 05-15-2012 05:45 AM

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 05-15-2012 06:04 AM

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

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#6 posted 05-15-2012 11:52 AM

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 05-15-2012 01:30 PM

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

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#8 posted 05-15-2012 04:23 PM

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

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#9 posted 05-15-2012 04:27 PM

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 05-15-2012 10:49 PM

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 05-16-2012 02:36 AM

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 05-16-2012 02:47 AM

Those both came out great, very nicely done

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#13 posted 05-16-2012 02:50 AM

Nicely done, sir. Thanks for sharing.

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#14 posted 05-16-2012 09:28 PM


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