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Framing Information

December 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Beyond Basic Black

While I carry several different styles in stock, that doesn't mean that your choices are limited. Please give me a call for a personal consultation to discuss your particular design needs. I work with several large national frame moulding distributors on a regular basis, and can provide custom framing services from a simple gift to a whole office project.  Call or email, and I can provide corner samples, and more images of frame projects.

Classic Frames

The corner chart illustrates the main frames that I stock and hang on my art show walls. Click on any picture to see it larger in the frame information gallery.

Frame Styles
  Redwood and Cherry3" Redwood paired with Brazilian Cherry cap Solid Walnut Frame3" Walnut frame with hand-carved v-groove and walnut cap Basic Black Laminate Frame3/4 Black Frame -- perfect for smaller groupings 1 1/2" Black Wood LaminateWider Black Laminate frame suitable for larger work Palladio Hand-waxed frameBlack/brown Palladio frame with hand-rubbed beeswax finish
  Redwood/Cherry Solid Walnut Basic Black Wide Black Palladio Hand-waxed


My favorite frame for the moment is Palladio, in black/brown. It's a mildly distressed wood frame with a beeswax finish. The dark tones complement most of the "Dakota Montana" and "Stories Told in Things Left Behind" series. I pair it with TruVue's Conservation Reflection Control glass (CRC), which pairs a diffusion layer to keep glare down, with a UV protective coating on the back. Frames are finished on the back with sturdy hangers, plastic coated wire which won't rust or stain your walls, and a black Tyvek® dust-cover.

Peaceful Easy Feelin'Peaceful Easy Feelin'Horses and corral, working ranch near Hot Springs South Dakota   River ViewRiver ViewRuins of the settlement at Lee's Ferry, this window looks toward the landing. Limited edition of 250, signed and numbered.

26 x 20" Palladio Frames with Conservation Reflection Control Glass


The Gallery Frame

Another old standard is the black wood gallery frame. On the larger pieces, (20x26 and above), it's a 1 1/2" matte black style, with simple square lines. For smaller pieces, a variation of this frame in a 3/4" molding is used. And as a third option, I offer a metal frame with a brushed "Florentine" finish, also in black.

Typically with the gallery frame, I use TruVue's Conservation Clear glass, which is offers less expensive UV protection, without the reflection control. Larger pieces (up to 30x40) can be framed and glassed, either in the Palladio style, or in a black gallery frame. On occasion, I also use acrylic glazing to keep the weight down for a more traditional presentation in a frame.

Medium width black frame 8411"Door, Unopened", 16x20 showing proportion of mat and frame. Special Order only.    Thin black gallery frame AF104"Door, Unopened" in thinner black wood gallery frame with conservation glass


Glassless Styles

I've also begun producing larger prints in several glassless configurations. A canvas photograph is laminated to a backing board (GatorBoard) and then framed. The backs are finished with heavy-duty hangers, plastic coated wire and a black Tyvek dustcover.

These laminated pieces also look great in my new custom barnwood frames. You can get these in a number of styles, including the Western style barnwood frame; a redwood / Brazilian cherry combination; and a solid walnut composite. Each frame is crafted by hand, one at a time. Four types of hand-made reclaimed wood frames are available to you, in sizes 16x24 on up to 6 feet wide. 

Redwood/Brazilian Cherry

Redwood and Brazilian Cherry Frame"Watering Hole" 48x32 in a custom made redwood and cherry frame.

48x32 "Watering Hole" in a Redwood/Brazilian Cherry custom frame. Overall size approx. 60" x 42


"Driftwood in the Moonlight" 36 x 24" Redwood and Brazilian Cherry custom made frame

36x24 "Driftwood In the Moonlight", in Redwood/Brazilian Cherry. Overall size approx. 46" x 34"


Leave A Light in the Window framed in walnutWalnut capped frame with hand scribed v-groove 48 x 32

48x32 "Leave A Light in the Window" framed in 3" solid walnut frame with walnut cap. Overall size 58" x 42"


Western Style Frame

You can also choose a simpler barn wood style, the Western Style frame. Constructed of simple aged wood, it frames a traditional image perfectly at an affordable cost. 

36x24 Gray Barnwood "Western" style frameDry Well in classic Western style frame 36x24

36x24 "Dry Well" in Western style gray barn wood frame


Panoramic Photos

In the Shadow of the Bear, custom barn wood frameHandmade frame, 48x20 image

48x20 Panorama "In the Shadow of the Bear" - custom made from reclaimed barnwood


Traditional canvas frames with liner

For a more traditional look, I use a dark-toned 2" square frame with a 1" linen liner, as well as a wider 3" rustic frame paired with a 2.5" liner. These are lightweight, and avoid the obvious issues of shipping and hanging a larger piece of glass.

48 x 20 In the Shadow of the BearTraditional 2"Black frame with 1" natural linen liner

48x20 Panorama "In the Shadow of the Bear" - traditional black frame with 1" natural linen liner


"Roll Out the Barrels" in a traditional frame with liner3" Brown scoop frame with 2" natural linen liner

48x32 "Roll Out the Barrels" framed in 3" Brown Scoop with 2" natural linen liner


Linen Liner Styles

The two styles with liners can be configured with different width liners. I carry three liner widths, in a natural linen: 1", 2" and 3". See the chart below for a comparison of how each looks.

Linen Liner Styles
Liner Width 1" 2" 3"
2" Antique Black Frame 2BLK 1L2" Black frame with 1" Natural Liner 2BLK L22" Black frame with 2" natural linen liner BLK2 L32" Black frame with 3" natural linen liner
3" Brown Scoop Frame 3BRN L13" Brown Scoop frame with 1" natural liner 3BRN 2L3" Brown scoop frame with 2" natural linen liner 3BRN 3L3" Brown scoop frame with 3" natural linen liner

The styles shown are by no means the only frames available to you. Please feel free to give me a call or drop me an email with your requirements. I can also post alternate ideas modelled after your room. Contact me for details on how that can be accomplished. I look forward to working with you on your next decorating project! 


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