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Hoffmann Dovetail Joining System

Grandpa's old lock and key

Philliam Phulgor

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
Jan 14, 2014
Galesburg, Michigan, 1950's, I ended up with my Grandpa's lock & key from the barn on his farm when he passed away. I framed it about 4 years ago and used it as a design display of a stacked frame shadowbox. The dumb idea was to put it on a small tabletop easel where it got knocked to the floor a couple of times. I just got around to doing a new top frame, Museum Acrylic this time.
Just have to do some re-puttying and touch-up. Otherwise start from scratch and try some new combo stack frames just for fun.
BB Chocolate Suede lower mat and shadow box walls
Hidden 2 layers of AFFC raise
Same suede again with reverse fillet, flat, dark wood grain - I think it was Nurre Caxton
Another hidden 2 layers of AFFC raise
Octagon hand wrapped suede, some scrap that is very pale mossy green for an aged accent; poked some hidden holes in it so my combo silicone/dab of Gorilla Glue (hey, it's mine - in the 1/2 dozen crashes to the floor. it never released, nor did the key!) would hold the lock tight.
Flat, old 1" screws hold the key up
Second generation "show" frame is a LJ Belmont, fits snug in the turned on edge 2 3/4" extension frame.
Sevalon brass crimps as pegs. Holds the two frames together extremely tight.
Shadow walls are a scrap of a discontinued mat, gold and black which accentuates the aged lock and is much more subtle that photos show.
Museum acrylic
I can hang it square or diamond shape on the wall

This example that I can easily, quickly open for Show Me, Feel me, Inhale Me demonstrations has allowed me to sell 10-12 similar (always different designs to the customer's objects) jobs in the $500 to $900 range.

I've taken 15-20 frame scraps and turned them on edge to have multiple extender chevrons. The visual examples are so much easier to show and sell when in that form.

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