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Hoffmann Dovetail Joining System

Woodworks by John

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
Jul 4, 2000
Phoenix, AZ
Although my work probably falls more into the category of woodworking rather than strictly picture farming thought I'd share the latest design on the Grumbler! All of it started out with Basswood; Peterman Lumber here in Phoenix carries a 1 1/16" thick random width/length which was the basis for this frame. You can see in the pictures that there are two parts, splined and joined together after the profiles are shaped. The beads are hand cut with a small plow plane from Veritas fitted with a beading bit. The process for making it is described in this blog post: https://woodworksbyjohn.com/2018/05/17/10-board-feet-5-5-hours/

My main client is my wife, Diane Eugster and she asked for a simple frame for her landscape paintings, this is the result! These are oil gilded with 12k white gold over a yellow burnisher/sealer base. It's been quite some time since I've done precious leaf so working on my technique. I was feeling pretty confident with the composition leaf, able to lay full sheets but working with a gilders tip and the 12k reminded me of the frustrations it can bring! All that being said though, there's no substitute for that subtle white gold sheen you get with it! This painting is titled "Angel of the Morning" and measures about 14" square. After the oil gilding was thoroughly dry it was lightly burnished and sealed with platinum shellac. Some of the yellow base still shows through in the deeper areas but that just adds to the patina!

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