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  • Writer's pictureKeith Tribe

Unique frames for unique projects

In the past year or so I’ve been lucky enough to be given some pretty neat things to frame for clients. Some of it seemed easy until I really got down to the framing and others I knew would be a challenge from the start! This month I wanted to highlight some of the really unique things I’ve been asked to frame.

One of my most memorable pieces was for a client that does a lot of beautiful quilting. She puts so much effort into creating stunning colours and patterns; I knew I needed to find a really unique board for her beautiful work. She gave me full creativity to go where the wood took me and this quilt looked amazing once framed! This frame was one of the most challenging to clamp and build due to the incredible knots and shape, and I had to build special inserts to get the frame and the quilt to work together. The top and bottom boards were an old board that split along the midline which made for this unique look!

Tuckamoor Wildcrafts from the East Coast does a lot of felt work. I’ve admired her work for a long time and when she asked me to frame a stunning tapestry I will admit, it took me awhile to figure out just how to do it! I ended up using a black board background the completely floating the tapestry. It was really a unique project in the end and one I won’t forget!

Another neat project was learning to create two sided frames for a stained glass artist. She asked me to frame some of her work that would showcase both sides. After thinking through how to mount the glasswork and spending a long time flipping boards over and over and over to find the right ones, we started something really unique! Since then I’ve done a few two sided frames and it’s amazing how mother nature weathers the wood on one side giving two totally different looks.

Another project was figuring out how to showcase something without a real “edge”. I was given a strip of birch bark that has been beautifully painted and the artist wanted me to float the bark. We ended up sandwiching the bark between the glass and it gave a very haunting and beautiful look to the piece. Truly one of a kind!

In the end, you can see that there are so many options when it comes to barn board, that every day I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface. It really is a labour of love and every frame is so unique.

Do you have something in mind that you’ve always wanted framed? It can be simple or complicated, but in the end unless we try you may never know! Let’s chat about how we can create something stunning for your home!

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