A Frame-Maker’s Journal

TimHolton writingUpdates 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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—Tim Holton

Framing Another Tsuchiya Koitsu Woodblock

Posted on October 6th, 2022

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 earli... continue reading.

Remember the Trees: Framing Margaret Patterson

Posted on October 4th, 2022

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.

Framing a Sean Thackrey Photograph

Posted on October 2nd, 2022

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.

Framed Prints Sale, through Oct. 8!

Posted on September 30th, 2022

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.

Framing Shiro Kasamatsu and the Landscapes of Japan

Posted on September 28th, 2022

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.

Framing a 1912 Hammered Copper Plaque

Posted on September 26th, 2022

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.

Framing “Old Edinburgh,” a William Seltzer Rice Woodblock

Posted on September 24th, 2022

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.

On the Corner: Carved Flute Samples

Posted on September 22nd, 2022

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.

Framing Robert Daughters

Posted on September 21st, 2022

We just framed this painting of San Francisco de Asis Mission Church in Taos, New Mexico by Robert Daughters (1929-2013). We set the 15″ x 15″ “Taos Church” (n.d.) in a 3″ compound mitered frame with carved flutes cut across the grain on th... continue reading.