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

How Art Fairs Frame Art

Posted on May 6th, 2012

“Art is the expression of man’s joy in his labor” — that’s how the great material task of humanity and civilization was framed by William Morris. (Yes, it was Morris — not, as a Google search will lead you to believe, Henry Kissinger)... continue reading.

Framing Louis Apol

Posted on April 30th, 2012

Here’s a notable historical work for you. Just framed this beautiful European landscape by Louis Apol (Dutch, 1850-1936), “A Forest in Winter” (oil on canvas, 32 x 25). (Click image for a larger view.) The stained quartersawn white oak frame is a 4-1/2... continue reading.

Framing Grueby Tiles

Posted on April 28th, 2012

We just finished framing a batch of Grueby tiles for a customer in Ohio. Something simple but alive to these very lovely and historic items. A pleasure! (Click images to view larger.)... continue reading.

Ranches & Rolling Hills – MALT Art Show and Sale 2012

Posted on March 11th, 2012

Spring is here a bit early this year with daffodils and fruit trees in full bloom. I have been visiting some beautiful West Marin MALT ranches, painting and collecting images for this year’s 15th Annual “Ranches & Rolling Hills” art show. Three yea... continue reading.

Framing a Grueby Tile

Posted on February 22nd, 2012

We just shipped out this beautiful 6″ Grueby tulip tile to a customer in Ohio. The soft and subtle form of the leaves suggested a very feminine frame and inspired this adaptation of our Holland profile. For more on framing Arts and Crafts tiles, see this older ent... continue reading.

Re-framing William Hubacek

Posted on February 17th, 2012

Just framed this 10″ x 14″ oil on canvas by notable Californian William Hubacek (1871-1958), rescuing it from a cheap gold setting. The job offers a good before-and-after, and a good example, I think, of how a frame helps or hinders your ability to see the p... continue reading.

New work from Erik Tiemens

Posted on February 7th, 2012

Erik Tiemens just brought in three lovely Marin County oil paintings, all done at Rodeo Beach. This (above) is “Rodeo Beach—Marin Headlands,” 12″ x 16″. $1200 unframed. “Hillside at Rodeo Beach,” 8-3/4″ x 11-3/4″. $1100 unframed... continue reading.

Framing a small Edward Curtis—Another Carved Corner Design

Posted on January 26th, 2012

Recently framed this small original Edward Curtis photogravure of Apache Indians for a couple in Texas. The print had wide margins, but we wanted the effect of framing it close so used a lap-joined flat — kind of a wooden mat, although on top of the glass. We’ve... continue reading.

“Wisdom of the Hands”—Doug Stowe Advocates for Handcraft in Education

Posted on January 20th, 2012

For those of you who appreciate the aspect of handcraft in our work, I thought I’d draw your attention to the blog “Wisdom of the Hands” by Arkansan woodworker and teacher Doug Stowe. I learned about it while reading Matthew B. Crawford’s Shop Cl... continue reading.