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

Another Carved Frame for a Map

Posted on May 10th, 2018

Last week I put up a post about a carved frame we made for a wonderful 17th Century map of the Americas. Here’s another map in a carved frame—a very special early map of the State of Illinois I framed recently for a resident of that important state. In 1822, whe... continue reading.

Baroque in Oak: Framing a 17th Century Map

Posted on May 5th, 2018

It’s not often that we do anything in a baroque style, but since one of our founding principles is adaptation, when a customer sent me a 17th century map of the Americas to frame, I welcomed the challenge. The map’s wonderful illustrations included numerous ... continue reading.

Framing Thomas Hill’s Yosemite Valley

Posted on March 28th, 2018

A lucky customer turned up an unsigned painting of Yosemite by Thomas Hill (1829-1908)—a very special painting by a very special painter needing a very special frame. One of my all time favorite frame jobs is this grand Thomas Hill winter scene of the White Mountains ... continue reading.

Framing Emmy Lou Packard

Posted on March 23rd, 2018

We recently framed this extraordinary large block print by noted California artist Emmy Lou Packard (1914-1998). Measuring 24″ x 18″, it’s an image of an artichoke harvester. I loved the pattern in the background and decided to carry it out in the fram... continue reading.

“Love Round the Earth”: Framing Ships for the Holidays

Posted on December 8th, 2017

Here’s an exemplary Arts and Crafts tile we just framed. It’s over a century old, made by the outstanding Cincinnati tile maker, Rookwood (founded in 1880 and still active!). If you’re at all familiar with the Arts and Crafts Movement, you’ve pro... continue reading.

Framing Diego Rivera

Posted on November 17th, 2017

This is a very special piece, not only because of the prestigious name of the artist, but because it’s so highly treasured by the customer. The drawing was a gift from the artist, Diego Rivera (1886-1957), to the customer’s grandfather, who had been a friend of ... continue reading.

Framing Mick McGinty

Posted on October 17th, 2017

A very satisfied customer left here this afternoon with this spectacular 20″ x 30″ contemporary oil painting of the Grand Canyon. Russ Lindsay of Nevada Fine Art had brought in this prime example of the work of Arizona painter Mick McGinty, whom he represent... continue reading.

Hello, Hope: Framing Terry Miura’s “Sonoma Idyll”

Posted on October 16th, 2017

Terry Miura‘s “Sonoma Idyll” has been a favorite in the gallery since our Paul Kratter—Terry Miura show last spring. Now with fires raging in the wine country and changing it forever, an already beautiful painting is overlaid with new poignancy. The ... continue reading.

Framing Alan Tuttle

Posted on October 12th, 2017

Shipped this frame to painter Alan B. Tuttle in Delaware a couple of weeks ago. We made it for his 24″ x 20″ oil on canvas, “The Falls,” painted in the Adirondacks. (In this image the painting’s photoshopped in to the frame.) I made the 4-3... continue reading.