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Project by KnickKnack posted 12-12-2013 01:00 PM 1539 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If ever there was a labour of love, this was it.
This photograph of my wife has been sitting around, unframed, for a while now – I knew I wanted a frame for it, but a suitable design just kept eluding me. Then, a couple of weeks ago, this popped into my head in the middle of the night – a quick sketch and I was back to bed, but not to sleep. A day or 2 of honing proportions and this was pretty much how it is in the final drawings.
Difficulties ensued, of course, as they always do.
I wanted an ash frame, and I wanted it bookmatched, and I wanted it with subtle, almost straight, lines. My ash is only 22mm thick, so I had to glue 2 pieces together to get back to around 19mm. Finding the right piece of the right plank took what seemed like forever – I’d pick a piece, draw the shape, sleep on it, and discard it the next day. I guess I’m thankful I only had 4 planks to choose from, otherwise I’d still be picking wood. With the jatobá, again, I needed the right piece with broadly, but not quite, straight grain, bookmatched. The first piece I went with looked fine on both sides but when I sliced it all kinds of weirdness was going on in the inside, so those strips are saved for another day.
The “medallions” were from a drawer side generously donated a few years ago by the local dump – mahogany or sapele, I can’t be sure.

I think the frame is pretty stylish, but, if truth be known, I’m not sure it’s right for this picture – I think it’s “too pretty” on its own and pulls your focus away somewhat from the picture’s subject, that is, from Sally. If I find a mirror the right size I’ll swap it and make another, better, frame.

Jatobá, ash, and mahogany or sapele.
The picture is 485mmx342mm.
Finished with Danish Oil.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#1 posted 12-12-2013 01:27 PM


VERY nice design on the frame!

I, as well, do not feel the frame matches the artwork – but for a different reason. I think the art needs a matte of a lighter color to frame it first. It looks too large within the skinny wooden frame with no matte.

VERY pretty frame and nice art as well – nice build!


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#2 posted 12-12-2013 01:52 PM

I think every project I’ve ever started began with a list if “I want”’s and continued with a list of compromises. You didn’t need to compromise at all. Personally, I think the uniqueness of the frame catches the eye, and leads it to the photograph, which should be a good thing. But what do i know. Nice work.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#3 posted 12-12-2013 02:10 PM

It looks like Sapele to me. But ti could also be Sipo or Utle (two names for the same wood). Where we get some scrap wood for our toy workshop he used to use Sapele and he went to Sipo because it’s a tad more stable when making windows and doors.

Beautiful frame. i wouldn’t change it at all. A beautiful frame around a beautiful picture.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#4 posted 12-12-2013 04:03 PM

Beautiful frame Knick Knack. I agree on the need for a mat. The rich colors of the woods detract from the black and white image more than the frame elements, to my way of thinking, anyway. The point at the top directs the eye to Sally, the subject. I think the bottom point should do the same. You are almost there…
Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 12-12-2013 04:36 PM

A cool design, it certainly is unique ,nice job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 12-12-2013 05:23 PM

Leave it alone and let it hang for a while.

I happen to LOVE it, both the photo of Sally and the Frame.

I think it will “grow on you”.

NOT in the way that how you “get used” to something….

But just how much you like it.

And, also this will give you time for visitors to comment, as they most certainly will.

I think it is a real stunning eye-catcher, just the way it is.

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#7 posted 12-12-2013 05:38 PM

This is very attractive. I like the picture of Sally also. Both are very well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 12-12-2013 06:13 PM

I don’t think the frame is too distractive for this photo.
The subject has big hair and a big hat and there is a minimal amount of background in the photo.

But I know what you mean. Many times people put too big a frame around a picture and then the frame does over whelm the photo to a point of distraction.

Nice design…...................

-- mike...............

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#9 posted 12-13-2013 01:45 AM


Unique design…

Very nice Labor of Love.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#10 posted 12-13-2013 08:46 AM

Very nice looking frame…I agree you should just let it hang for a while. When I first looked at your post, it was the picture that caught my eye first…just saying the frame was a part of the whole thing…

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#11 posted 12-13-2013 01:58 PM

Super nice frame, and pic

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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