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Postby Timh » Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:20 am

we're posting a few samples of carved frames.
amazingly ,sold a few too.
http://www.kingswoodframes.co.uk/more-h ... e-samples/
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Re: carved samples

Postby The Common Framer » Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:37 am

Wow! Very skilful. Look fabulous!
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Re: carved samples

Postby prospero » Thu Jul 21, 2016 12:19 pm

Blimey. :shock: :o :clap:
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Re: carved samples

Postby Not your average framer » Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:01 pm

Very impressive and excellent quality of work. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Some degree of carving skills can be a worthwhile thing to learn a little about for a least some of us. I don't count my self in that sort of league already demostrated in this thread, but I have found it an advantage when repairing old and antique frames. I have a mixture of old curving tools bought second hand and an inexpensive set bought new. Probably not many realise this, but epoxy repair putty can be very easily shaped by carving it into shape with wood curving tools. Epoxy putty is a superb material to carve into shape and requires relatively little force to carve with essentially relatively straight forward tools.

Some time years ago, I was in posession of two large biscuit tins of compo ornaments removed from old frames, which were given to me by a framer who was clearing her workshop when she retired. These are a gone now and I have been force to find other ways of repairing old frames. I did not realise at first that carving epoxy putty was even a remotely reasonable course of action and only found this out using a flat chisel to clean up areas filled with resin based fillers, prior to finish sandpapering the finished area.

Even then, I did not immediately realise that I could accurately carve this stuff. A few years ago I bought some stuff called "Power Putty", I think that this was made by Loctite, but I may be wrong about that and I carving it roughly to shape with a stanley knife. I don't know what happened to Power Putty, but I have not seen it around since then. I now have graduated to the fine grade of Milliput epoxy putty and wood carving tools, with entirely satisfactory results. This is not to suggest that I am capable of carving very much detail from scratch, but replacing areas of damaged, missing compo has produced seamless and invisible repairs once refinished.

I don't think that there are very many framers repairing old frames using modern replacement materials, but perhaps a few may benefit from trying this as a fast and easy way of effecting professional looking repairs. The specialists are obviously using real compo and doing it in a much more traditional manner, but for customers who don't want to pay as much for repairing more "run of the mill" frames of limited value, this can lead to another income stream for you business.
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Re: carved samples

Postby IFGL » Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:23 pm

Oddly I can't paint a picture or draw one for that matter, my attempts look like something out of kindergarten (not sure why I turned German then), carving or sculpting things in 3d I find rather easy must use a different bit of the brain, certain bits I know are definitely missing in my head but other bits make up for it, nice work by the way, meant to say that last month when it was first posted but couldent be arsed :)
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Re: carved samples

Postby Not your average framer » Fri Jul 22, 2016 6:17 pm

Yes, I understand what you mean. Working with shapes,rather than images involves more of the senses, touch and feel are part of the process too! Somethings are not neccesary to explain, you just do them. I find a little bit of carving quite a stimulating thing to do. I'm not that sure when I first started doing this, but I've been buy old secondhand tools and sharpening blades, etc., then learning how to use them.

I find that somethings you pick up very quickly and discover that you can do things that you never realised you can do. Many such things turn out to be somewhat theraputic. The other day I bought a secondhand spokeshave, I no idea what I am likely to use it for, it was a spur of the moment desicion. Right now it seems like a daft idea, but I will still carry on and see if anything good comes from it.
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Re: carved samples

Postby Jamesnkr » Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:23 am

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Re: carved samples

Postby Timh » Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:45 am

I've been looking at some of the framers in the U.S. through links on the frame blog.
there are some good framers out there who, with a little ingenuity, are creating some very interesting frames.

if anyone gets chance, take a look. it can fire you up to be a bit creative

I'm in the midst of carving a Sansavino frame at the moment and have been on it for about 5 weeks on and off
will post up a link when done.

good to see there is interest in hand finishing on the forum and I have only learnt through experimenting and getting info through google and printed material.
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