A Frame-Maker’s Journal

DSCN0831Updates and ruminations on our work and mission to revive the art and craft of framing pictures. Here I'll show you new jobs we're especially proud of and keep you up on what's going on at the Gallery, as well as discuss topics germane to our work, including handcraft and work generally, the place of art, and ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement (especially its greatest leaders, John Ruskin and William Morris).

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—Tim Holton

Framing a Maynard Dixon Sketch

Posted on June 22nd, 2019

Here’s a 1901 sketch by the famed Western painter Maynard Dixon (1875-1946), titled “Three Bucking Broncos”. We framed it in walnut with a black wash, in a simple profile with restrained but carefully sympathetic corner carving pattern to honor it. (Th... continue reading.

Introducing Oxford Frames

Posted on June 21st, 2019

For many years we’ve offered a simple lap-joined frame we call the Adirondack. Now we’re expanding on that design with more decorative variations we’re calling “Oxford Frames”—the traditional name for the frame of this general type first ... continue reading.

Framing D’Arcy Gaw

Posted on June 18th, 2019

With the Robert Tetlow exhibit on display, I’m continuing my series of posts on the theme of framing watercolors with this charming 12″ x 18″ piece by D’Arcy Gaw (1868-1944), called “Carmel Cottage.” The painting is framed close in a ... continue reading.

Framing “Places Forgotten and Untouched”: An Evening with Lee Jester

Posted on June 17th, 2019

Please join us at The Gallery this Thursday, June 20 at 6:30 for what promises to be a fascinating, thought-provoking and visually engaging presentation by our friend, Lee Jester. A photographer, traveler, amateur naturalist, and former proprietor of The Craftsman Home ... continue reading.

Framing Chiura Obata

Posted on June 15th, 2019

With our current exhibit of watercolors by Robert Tetlow and our launch this week of the expansive catalog page, “Mitered Frames—Special Corners,” I’ve been posting all week examples of that medium framed in the sorts of frames featured on the new pa... continue reading.

Framing HW Hansen in a Mitered Frame with Special Corners

Posted on June 13th, 2019

When it comes to framing watercolors in frames with special corners—which we’re featuring this week with our Robert Tetlow watercolor exhibit up and our new catalog page, “Mitered Frames—Special Corners”—I can’t resist re-posting a job that... continue reading.

Framing Watercolors: A Way In to the Wilderness of James Everett Stuart

Posted on June 11th, 2019

With our little exhibit of watercolors by Robert Tetlow as well as having just launched the new catalog page, Mitered Frames—Special Corners, this week I’m posting examples of watercolors in frames with special corners. One of the frames shown on the new page is... continue reading.

New Catalog Section Just Added: Mitered Frames—Special Corners

Posted on June 10th, 2019

We’ve just added a new section to A Frame-Maker’s Catalog for frame designs that take advantage of the decorative possibilities inherent in the joints of mitered frames: “Mitered Frames—Special Corners.” The page offers “examples of miter... continue reading.