A Frame-Maker’s Journal
Updates and reflections 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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A recent post featured a framed print by the shin hanga master Tsuchiya Koitsu (1890-1949) depicting the 17th century torii gate at Miyajima. This print, by the same wonderful artist, is another structure over water—albeit a much more modern structure. As in the earlier example, the architecture depicted in the print has suggested the frame […]Continue Reading »
Often when explaining to customers my primary principles of framing, I say I rely first of all on the inherent character and beauty of the wood, because nothing we make is as beautiful as what nature makes. It’s become a bit of a stock line, leading me to my secon... continue reading.
This large 24″ x 38″ color photograph of a pear tree is the work of the late winemaker Sean Thackrey (1942-2022). We framed it close in stained walnut that complements the deep greens of the print. It’s a quiet, subtly shaped 3″ wide profile that... continue reading.
We’ve decided it’s time to move all of our framed prints. For just a week—today through Saturday, October 8—you can enjoy big price breaks on beautiful signed and editioned works by Yoshiko Yamamoto, Tom Killion, Henry Evans, and David Lance Goines, as... continue reading.
Here are three Japanese woodblock prints by shin hanga master Shiro Kasamatsu (1898-1991) demonstrating the artist’s fondness for Japan’s landscape and traditional Japanese life. All are oban size (about 15″ x 10″). The lush green trees framing t... continue reading.
Like the subject of my last post, William S. Rice, Hans Jauchen (1883-1970) was an important craftsman and educator in the Bay Area during the Arts and Crafts Movement. Born and raised in Germany, he came to San Francisco in 1910 where he founded the Olde Copper Shop on... continue reading.
This woodblock print by William Seltzer Rice (1873 – 1963), “Old Edinburgh,” (ca. 1916) is about 9″ x 7″. We put a 2-1/4″ wide solid core rag mat around it (3″ on the bottom) and set it in a 1″ wide stained quartersawn whi... continue reading.
My last post showed how we framed a Robert Daughters painting in a frame design with carved flutes cut across the grain. Here are three corner samples I made a month or so ago, with that same idea. And on all of these the flutes round the corner, which I like. The outer... continue reading.