The Little Artist

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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 10-09-2014 03:29 AM 1149 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch


This started when I had made a 8.5 X 11 frame for my wife. I found a really cool card she got from her old school nursing job. All the kids in the school signed it and gave it to her. I thought she would love to see it framed. I left it out and she tossed it.

Go figure….

So I’m sitting with this 8.5 X 11 frame and nothing to frame. She said “Why not frame this little card Victoria gave me when she was in second grade. In fact, could you do this little painting she made in 5th grade as well?”

Sure enough…. I got to working.

While I was at it, I pulled out an abstract painting from my sister. I then proceeded to tear through our memorabilia for something 8.5 X 11. We had NOTHING!

While I was working on the doghouse, Victoria came out to help. That lasted about 15 minutes. She got board then started doing her own thing. With a few off cuts, some leaves and dog house paint, she created a little design on my broken down beat up fence. I had an idea. “Victoria, take some pictures of your art for me.”

Yep – I had my 8.5 X 11.

I got this wood from the Rockler “Shorts” sale a few months. I really am not sure what it is but my guess is cherry. I like the way it looks. In fact I decided to use the “Bad” parts of the wood. When I find a knot I usually find some curl.

Since the wood came in a 2X4 size, I was able to make some quarter sawn frames with a little book matching,

My friends – as always, Thanks for looking.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 10-09-2014 03:45 AM

You’re having Fun putting stuff together…

Great work… for the Memories…

COOL frames…

COOL art…

COOL idea…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#2 posted 10-09-2014 11:50 AM

Your frames and their content look Great.
...but then, after all of those compound angles, a basic 45° angle is probably no biggie. ;-)

Enjoy your Fall (as in autumn, ...not a gravitational mishap :-/ )
Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#3 posted 10-09-2014 01:30 PM

Thanks Len and Joe

The frames are not the most demanding examples of woodworking. I still get a thrill every time something turns out well. I still have a hard time believing that I have the ability to take a piece of lumber and making something we can keep forever. It’s a real joy to me.

My first frames had to be filled with a small container of Elmer’s wood filler then painted. They were crooked and lumpy. ;) Now it seems I’m able to to just walk out to the garage, pick out a board and produce a nice little frame. What a difference a few years make.

I’m backing down from the angular headaches for a while and working on more conventional designs. I find that my speed is much better lately. I’m trying to get fast enough to create items I don’t have 30 to 40 hours of work invested in. Eventually, I want to be able to produce pieces that are both interesting and reasonably priced so I can set up a booth and participate in a show. That sounds like a lot of fun.

By the way, my next challenging piece should be ready by this weekend. I’m pumped up for the new household addition.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 10-09-2014 05:04 PM

How cool. Great memory now framed!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 10-09-2014 08:14 PM

Nice job!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 10-09-2014 10:28 PM

Great looking projects Mark.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 10-10-2014 12:33 AM

Cool! Thanks for sharing.

-- Larry - Illinois

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#8 posted 10-10-2014 02:24 AM

Thanks for the compliments my friends.

Dave, welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#9 posted 10-10-2014 03:58 AM

Nice frames, beautiful memory.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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