Hand Carved Picture Frame

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Project by Scott posted 09-26-2014 12:42 PM 2263 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most of my work is custom wood signs, but I also make some furniture items and some fine art frames when I get requests. This carved wood frame is made from Mahogany. I love carving nature scenes and I think I like carving flowers, trees and mountains the most. This is a carved Japanese blossom tree frame. It is actually for sale on my site.

The way I made this: I make the frame first. Prep rabbets/profile routing for all 4 rails. Glue and clamp the rails. I also pocket each joint for extra strength (I add the screws since I put a lot of stress on the frame when carving.. and the carving comes after I assemble the frame). After the frame is assembled, I then prep additional mahogany to laminate where the carving will be. Glue and carefully clamp. Then carve away. This is a tricky way to carve since the rails are all finished… one slip with a gouge and you have a nasty scar you have to contend with. So I’m extra careful when doing these.

Thanks for looking!

-- Lazy River Studio - Wooden Signs & Rustic Furniture by Scott -

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#1 posted 09-26-2014 12:54 PM

Nice frame. Very unique!!..............Jim

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#2 posted 09-26-2014 01:14 PM

Real cool!!!

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#3 posted 09-26-2014 01:19 PM

Definitely unique and beyond what you normally see—very nicely done, I like it!

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#4 posted 09-26-2014 03:48 PM

Very nice work. I like it too.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#5 posted 09-26-2014 09:56 PM

I think I’m good at woodworking but when I see stuff like this I realize I’m a wood mechanic. Carving is a very special talent. Great work!

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#6 posted 09-27-2014 12:52 AM

Wow! Absolutely Beautiful! You are very talented.

-- I turn wood into 'things' ..... what is your superpower?

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#7 posted 09-27-2014 01:24 AM

Really nice carving. Interesting build process too and I don’t see any evidence of the wood for the carving being laminated on. It looks seamless to me.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#8 posted 09-27-2014 07:23 AM

This is really exceptional, I might give it a try some day (though I really suck at carving). The reliefs around half of the flowers and stems is great.

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#9 posted 09-27-2014 04:56 PM

Really nice work Scott

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#10 posted 09-29-2014 04:44 PM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments!

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