A Frame-Maker’s Journal

TimHolton writingUpdates 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

Wedding Gifts

Posted on March 13th, 2009

With wedding season approaching I thought I’d put out a couple of examples of pieces we’ve recently done as wedding gifts. This picture’s framed close in a simple walnut “Hudson” frame with a gilt slip. Walnut, which is a tight-grained wood... continue reading.

Carved Walnut

Posted on March 6th, 2009

Of all the woods we use, we tend to emphasize quartersawn white oak. But walnut has always been a big favorite too, especially for carving. In preparing for the Paul Kratter show in June, the painting we decided to use for the publicity suggested walnut. Here’s a ... continue reading.

Jean Sanchirico website

Posted on February 24th, 2009

Jean Sanchirico, who we started representing last fall, has launched her website, www.jeansanchirico.com. You can preview the ones we have, which we’ve framed, at Jean’s page on my site. 6/15/10 update: Jean is no longer represented by us, but is still a gre... continue reading.

Tom Killion

Posted on February 17th, 2009

Was up at Pt Reyes this weekend and had a frame to drop off for Tom Killion, a wonderful printmaker who lives and works up there. If you don’t know Tom’s work, you’re in for a treat. He works in the tradition of Japanese woodblock printmaking, but has ... continue reading.

Mural Feeling

Posted on February 14th, 2009

We recently framed this Paul Kratter painting for a couple in Washington State, and I wanted to share one aspect in particular that we’re emphasizing more and more. It’s what Walter Crane, the first president of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society called ... continue reading.

Painting trip to Mendocino

Posted on February 2nd, 2009

I recently took a trip with my friend Richard, also a painter, up to Mendocino and Fort Bragg. We traveled in Artie, our newly acquired RV. Our weather was amazing for January, sunny and warm during the day, cool at night with some fog. The coast line was glorious with ... continue reading.

Jefferson Hayman

Posted on January 27th, 2009

A couple of weeks ago an artist and customer, Mallory Lake (more on her another day) forwarded me a link to the website of Jefferson Hayman (www.jeffersonhayman.com), a New York photographer with an exceptional interest in picture frames. We had a nice chat on the phone... continue reading.

Year of Hope: Looking forward to 2009

Posted on January 24th, 2009

The holiday card from my landlord (and friend; some of us are too lucky) this year said, “Beat the odds! Have a great year!” Things do look bleak. But without venturing my opinions on matters like the auto industry and stimulus packages that people don’t generally... continue reading.