Figured maple frame

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Project by EPJartisan posted 07-17-2012 08:49 PM 2684 views 15 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been saving several chunks of incredibly high figured maple that I got lucky to find at a place that salvages felled city trees. It was a perfect match for one of my recent subtractive paintings for a patron’s anniversary. I was shooting for a Green&Green style with lap joints, but elected to not put in pegs of a contrasting color once I saw the painting in the frame. Would have been far too busy. I re-sawed to 9/16”, and book match the figure on each side of the frame. And the back are mitered pine to hold on the painting. Thanks for looking. ~ e

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#1 posted 07-17-2012 08:58 PM

Great job on the frame. Unique design I have not seen before. Frame and painting really compliment each other a lot Cool original all the way around.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic.... :)

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#2 posted 07-17-2012 09:29 PM

This really turned out beautiful. Really showing off your craftsmanship with that very cool joint!

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#3 posted 07-17-2012 09:47 PM

The frame matches perfectly with the screen! I loved the fit of the frame, Congratulations for your wonderful work!

-- António Guerreiro

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#4 posted 07-17-2012 10:42 PM

Nice use of a book-match.
I especially like the view from pic 3.
Keep it up.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#5 posted 07-17-2012 11:57 PM

well done from top to bottom. im really into the joints and how they are stepped. im sure the customer will enjoy your work.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#6 posted 07-18-2012 01:01 AM

well done Bud. great frame and artwork

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 07-18-2012 01:22 AM

great job on the frame. The green and green style lap joints are excellent.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 07-18-2012 02:04 AM

epj-ART-isan ~ Love the frame and the painting. I had to look up ‘subtractive painting’ and ended getting “lost”. Nice work!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#9 posted 07-18-2012 11:40 AM

Very nice. The lap joints are very unique to surround that nice painting.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#10 posted 07-18-2012 01:43 PM

Thanks everyone for your praise. Subtractive painting is really a generalized name for removing color. Mine is more complex… I build up texture with an acrylic Gesso, go over it with either tempera or thinned acrylic paints… pull off where I want white again.. then cover the whole surface with graphite and pull out the exact image I want, add details, and pop highlights. I learned the method my first year of college back in ‘89, but only did a few pictures. I picked it up again in 2008, and have not stopped since and the technique has evolved with me, growing in color use and detail. I am entering a bas relief phase now… and experimented with ancient methods of making gesso for picture frames, so I can do reproductions. I can finish a painting in days, so I have been making more of them than woodworking lately,. but at least it gives me a reason to make frames and try new ideas.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#11 posted 07-18-2012 02:52 PM

I really like the uniquely-shaped lap joints. Maybe I’ll try building a similar frame someday.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#12 posted 07-18-2012 03:05 PM

Fantastic frame to offset aclass. Work ! Love to see you creating !

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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#13 posted 07-18-2012 05:31 PM

Wonderful frame, I loved the joinery, and more importantly a very striking and fantastic work of art as well.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 07-18-2012 09:05 PM

I like the way you incorporated the cloud lift motif into the joints. The overall shape of the frame has the G&G look and adding the cloud lift sets it off. With that touch, omitting the ebony plugs was a good choice.

-- If the world was a logical place, men would be the ones who ride horses sidesaddle.

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#15 posted 07-19-2012 05:27 AM

First class work EP. the frame stands out then the background moves back and the lady steps forward. All the componets, colors,shades, intensifies each other creating a very moving piece of art. Just splendid EP!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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