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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:05 pm 
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I was pretty busy in December, framing some of our latest pastel drawings. Most were gifts for the family. Here is one for Dad, from a black and white photo I took in 1972 (!) of him and my brother.

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The boat was a great Peterborough cedar strip with an cantankerous 12 HP Scott. The boat construction inspired the frame, strips of red cedar glued over a cherry base. Some copper-plated nails were driven at the corners for looks. Finish was amber shellac. Here is the profile.

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Here is a yellow birch frame with all the details inspired by the deck in the drawing.

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This one was a challenge, with a profile made of a glueup of 4 separate pieces. The gold part is pine, shaped with saw, chisel and sandpaper into rounded bumps that echo the pumpkins. Covered in gold leaf, they reflect light from any direction. The rest is cherry.

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Here is a corner detail. Finish is blonde shellac. Frames with details like this are tricky since the miter cuts have to be exactly located for symmetry and a nice corner fit.

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And the profile...

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A few years back I took a picture of the Lockheed Electra hanging from the ceiling in the London Museum of Science. A great design over 70 years old now. I drew it against a imaginary stormy sky. The frame is yellow birch with an insert cut from 2" aluminum tubing.

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The finish was fun, in sequence: blonde shellac, beat with bag of metal bits, medium aniline dye, more blonde shellac, more abuse with the bag, some walnut oil stain wiped on and off and sealed finally in shellac. It really got an old oak look to it which I thought suited the subject. I put some "rivets" and panel lines in the aluminum with a nail set and utility knife.

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The profile:

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One last one for my brother, another from that 1972 photo series. The frame is from old growth pine barn board, shaped to echo the dock boards.

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The gifts were well received. After all that work with a tight deadline, I did have some shop fatigue and gave the woodworking a rest over the holidays... ;)


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You did a great job on the frames, they all look good.

Have a great day.


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Terrific work!

Both the frames and drawings are exceptional. Do you put a protective coating on the drawings?

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I love them all.

Nice Job.


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Like the others, I am most impressed. I like the way the frame carries over the subject of the drawing in some manner.

Thanks for showing the profiles!

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The frames look great, it shows that a bit of time was put in the design of the frames, they compliment the pictures well.


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Those are some very beautiful and clever frames. I really like them and the way you try to use the subject of the drawing to design them.
You must spend more time making a frame than I do on most of my projects!

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Enjoyed them all - am very impressed with your work and imagination.


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OUTSTANDING!!!! :shock: Most folks would be happy with a nice frame from a stock molding, but the imagination and attention to detail to develop multi-piece, and even multi-discipline moldings to create a frame that carries through the feel and spirit of the art is art in itself.

TOTALLY COOL! 8) 8) 8) 8)

The Boat and Plane are my favorites, but I really love them all.

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Very nice, loved them all. 8)

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Thanks everybody! Praise from fellow woodworkers means a lot.

The soft pastels we use are pigments with some binding agent, a bit like weak chalk. There are hundreds of colors and they are easy to blend on the paper. The paper is special, like 300 grit sandpaper to hold the pigment and let you build up a good layer. Anyway, when you are done you spray it with a fixative, something like a clear laquer. Even then, it is really delicate so it must be framed behind glass for display. Matts keep it from touching the glass. I color my own matts with watercolors. Custom everything - total control!

I have a great time doing them, even a really challenging one is done in 3 or 4 days.

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Awesome!!! Nice work.

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Great Job!!!!! Love all of them--you did a wonderful job.

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Wow! I mean just Wow! Great stuff both in the frame and the frame itself on every piece. My favorite is the Electra!

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Nice looking frames.

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