Fret Sawed Ornaments


This was the first of several frames and designs using pierced and fret sawed ornaments. The corner is fret sawed from a block of wood, then "bread" sliced, flipped as needed, then glued to the corners where the waste has been removed., followed by carving as needed. The ornaments are only about an 1/8 inch thick, but due to the perpendicular sides, there is an entirely different quality than from straight carving, and with a definite Mid Eastern influence.


Another example of pierced, cut and carved ornaments, on an architectonic frame designed for two paintings. These ornaments were cut from 1/2 inch Birch plywood, bread sliced, thus getting two, matching ornaments. Carved after glue down. Designed for paintings by Kim Hoffmann, see elsewhere on the site. Neither of us seems to have an image with the paintings in the frame.



Kim Hoffmann paintings

 "The Pony"

I've put some of Kim's paintings, with my frames on them, up on my main site. Or, you can go directly to the thumbnail page.

This is an ongoing project, as some items need to rephotographed, and some slides need to be scanned, and some of the slides that have been scanned need to be run through Photoshop. Speaking of Photoshop, I have been using Elements mostly; and only use Photoshop now, because my old scanner isn't recognized by Elements.


Conservative Framing

Another unusual frame for Kim Hoffmann:

Pussy Willow Ram

The frame is stained and shellaced basswood, made from waned and knotty boards. The top and bottom sections have been butt joined to add knots and wanes. When Kim commissions a frame, often the painting isn't finished, nor do we always have a frame "design" finished. This grew, like the wood, quite organically.


Construction of "Boom Table".

The lightening bolt is a two piece face lamination, tapering on all four sides down to the base. Captured in the lamination is a 3/4" threaded rod, that bolts the base and the leg together. The polychrome was probably artists acrylic, with a lacquer top coat. Visible in the larger image, center of the top, Boom!, clear epoxy and large metal flake, filling an incised area. I've used automotive finishes, candy colors, metal flake, on other pieces, usually as design elements, as here.


New old stock.

While digging through old photos I've run across some of my own pieces that have not been digitized.

 Boom Table

Done about 15 years ago, and this is the only image I have, a dusty slide. The whereabouts of this piece are unknown.

Here is another, probably same time period, and whereabouts unknown:


 The frame is a poured ornament, leafed and toned very dark. I not only have no idea where the painting is, I don't remember doing either the painting or frame, which is unusual. Incipient "old timers".