Schafer – Gordy Frame Makers

Our company now offers a new line of original frames handmade by co-owner Carl Schafer. Many were designed by our founder Brian Gordy. All are inspired by historical American and European profiles.

Schafer – Gordy Frame Makers is proud to introduce this line of closed-corner frames that we are making available through our sales representative at three locations in Michigan and three locations in Ohio. Of course we also offer them at our Muncie showroom.

Since its introduction we have worked with artists, collectors, and home designers across East Central Indiana as well as Pennsylvania, Colorado and California. They have helped us refine the line so we are offering choices that are most likely to satisfy our clients.

These frames are an elegant option for clients who appreciate the delicacy of a hand-crafted surface and closed corners but do not want the expense of 22k gold or carved decoration. All frames in the line are built by hand in our shop from raw wood that is milled exclusively for us at a local mill. We build up surfaces free of visible miter joints and other imperfections such as wood grain and mill marks. They are gilt with metal leaf and toned, rubbed, and antiqued by hand.

Frames are made as orders are received. We guarantee delivery of the completed frame within five weeks of an order. For more information and pricing details, call our shop on 765-284-8422 or write Carl Schafer at carl@gordyframing.com

08
Aug 2017
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Framing in the Arts and Crafts style from the early 20th Century

The Arts and Crafts Movement from the early 20th Century valued things made by hand. This frame was built up from raw wood. It is a solid oak frame typical of the style with simple overlap joint and black stained buttons on the corners. Here it is receiving its final wax coat.


 

My favorite moments in our shop come when we don’t have what the customer wants. Recently, a client came to us with two photographs. He was an enthusiast of the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 20th Century and asked what frames we had to offer in that style. It soon became obvious that he was looking for something very specific that I could only make by hand with a custom finish. The two photographs were views inside the Roycroft Community which was a reformist group of craftworkers near Buffalo, New York.

The group was strongly allied with the Arts and Crafts Movement, known for simple elegance and high quality craftsmanship. Because the movement was a reaction against mass production, it was always very important to see evidence of the human hand-work in unusual joining techniques, carving, inlays, and small imperfections. As my discussion with the client progressed, it was clear that only a handmade frame would be acceptable.

What resulted is a solid oak frame with simple overlap joints and black stained buttons on the corners which I lovingly tapped with a heavy hammer to show the human touch.

We are glad to now continue offering this frame. There are many Arts and Crafts style homes in this part of the country where frames like this would be entirely appropriate.

— Carl Schafer, Owner

03
Mar 2017
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6 Holiday Gift Ideas That Will Make You a Hero!

Often our most valuable family treasures are hidden in boxes because they are too fragile to be displayed.  Sometimes they are grimy and in poor condition from being improperly stored in attics and basements.  Gordy Fine Art and Framing specializes in rescuing such objects and designing special frames or cases so they can be displayed safely for years to come.

1   Rescue historical family photographs that appear to be ruined

After years of being stored in a damp environment, important photographs and their original frames get musty.  Often we can disassemble the frame and give the photograph a careful surface cleaning.  In the case pictured here, we were also able to save the original frame by tightening the miters, filling in lost details, and touching up abrasions.  Finally we reassemble everything with ultra-violet filtered glass that will protect it from harmful sunlight.

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2    Recognize and honor proud military service

Ranks, badges, medals, ribbons, and ceremonial sabers are usually designed to be worn on the uniform.  These can be arranged in a display frame giving proper recognition to proud military service.

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3    Recall the memories of youth

Youthful memories are often represented by the music we listened to.  Album cover art is an important cultural statement that makes terrific wall decorations and reminds us of much more than just the music we have grown up with.

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4   Connect to previous generations by preserving handmade crafts and works of art

Handmade objects like this delicate papercutting are important connections to our loved ones especially if the maker has passed away.  A well-crafted frame using archival materials will preserve it for a lifetime.

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5   Pass important family heirlooms from one generation to the next

This skirt was made by a client’s father out of a parachute by removing threads in the woven silk fabric.  She remembers playing dress-up with it as a child making it important across the generations.

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6   Recognize and honor lifetime achievements. 

Professional achievements and community service is often rewarded with medallions, ribbons and certificates.  These can be arranged in a display frame giving proper recognition to a lifetime of service.

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07
Dec 2016
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Shop Small, Shop Local, Shop Handmade

 

During the days following Thanksgiving, Gordy Fine Art and Framing Co. will observe Black Frame Friday and Small Business Saturday. We will celebrate both days with 40% off all black custom frame mouldings and 15% off original pottery, jewelry, and prints by our represented artists.

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21
Nov 2016
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American Impressionist Frame Reproduction

Antique Frame Reproduction

Our shop recently completed an antique frame reproduction project for one of our museum clients. The original frame is an American profile simplified from the American Impressionist style with hand carved arrow fletching motif in the corners. The panel (flat area in the middle of the frame rails) is chip- carved giving it an undulating texture with periodic crescent shapes. Because the new frame is small (for a painting 8” x 10”) the client asked us to make without the crescents.

Am. Impressionist Original

We began by purchasing raw wood moulding with an American Impressionist profile and then we carved off some decorative elements to match the original frame. Once the frame was built, we made the chip-carve using a spoon shaped chisel. We drew the corner decorations by hand and rubbed the drawing onto the frame. This gave us a guide for the actual carving which was completed with chisels of various shapes as well as razor knives.

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After applying several layers of gesso and red bole to smooth the surface, we gilded the frame with 22K gold which resulted in a very bright finish that needed to be toned and antiqued to match the original frame. This step was perhaps the most satisfying because the frame took on the illusion of age that is appropriate to the painting it was built for.

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A final coat of wax deepens and saturates all the layers that have been applied. The two frames can now be exhibited side-by- side without a hint that one is brand new.

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15
Sep 2016
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Gilding Demonstration & Shop Tours

Step back into the 17th century with us!

Join us Saturday afternoon, June 25th from 1 – 3 pm for a public gilding demonstration and tours through the back rooms of our shop.

Few people know about what goes on regularly in the back rooms of our shop space, restoring and reproducing antique frames for collectors and museum clients. This summer we have a number of projects in process that illustrate almost every aspect of antique restoration and reproduction that GFAF is capable of, including gold leafing, hand-carving, casting, burnishing, and antiquing. Often, these projects involve historical research, custom millwork, and methods of material application that are centuries old. We use simple materials & simple tools. Rabbit skin glue, chalk, clay, wood, wax, water, and 22 K gold leaf. Knives, gouges, steel wool, fine sandpaper, and a “gilders tip” made of squirrel hair.

The craft of gold leaf gilding goes back over 4,000 years to Northern Africa where gold foil was applied to wood to give the appearance of being made of solid gold. The methods of gilding used today are rooted in ancient Egypt and were later refined during the Renaissance.

Gold leaf is defined as thin sheets of gold, silver or less-precious metals, pounded down into “leaves” nearly 1/250,000 of an inch thick. The variety of genuine gold can differ in values from deep gold (23-24K) to lemon gold (18K), pale gold (16K), and white gold (12K), which are alloyed with small amounts of silver and/or copper.

Gold leafing is a generalized term used to group the three most common methods for applying gold to a prepared surface: water gilding, oil gilding, and what is commonly referred to as metal leafing. Throughout the ages the process of gold leafing has been used to create beautiful works of art, sculpture, and architecture.

22
Jun 2016
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Ides of March – 15% Off Framing

15% off all new custom framing orders placed Monday – Saturday, March 14 – 19

“Beware the Ides of March.” Somebody wrote this a long time ago and defined history’s greatest frame job when Julius Caesar’s friends conspired against him.

To mark the occasion, Gordy Framing offers you 15% off custom framing on the week of March 14 – 19.

Conspiracies work best when you think ahead. Now is the perfect time to frame your mom or dad for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. Graduation is just around the corner as well. Frame the whole family and save big.

We have the largest selection in the area so even if your frame job is not a secret, we are still the best.

Hope to see you soon.

Your accomplices,

Braydee Euliss
Barbara Schafer
Carl Schafer

01
Mar 2016
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Shop Small

During the days following Thanksgiving, Gordy Fine Art and Framing Co. will observe Black Frame Friday and Small Business Saturday. On both days, we will offer 40% discount on all black custom frame mouldings and 15% discount on original pottery, jewelry, and prints by all artists represented by our gallery.

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Bring your extended family to downtown Muncie for a creative experience with knowledgeable shopkeepers. At Gordy Framing, we specialize in promoting talented artists in East Central Indiana and offering expert design and craftsmanship for framing and displaying your most treasured family possessions and works of art.

We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and look forward to serving you.

20
Nov 2015
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Water Gilded Italian Mannerist Frame

Despite being difficult to capture in photos, the finishing touches on our water gilded frames make all the difference. This morning, Brian added centuries of age to this Italian Mannerist frame with rottenstone before pairing it with its new oil painting other half.

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Apr 2014
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Nov 2013
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October Frame of the Month

October FOM

October’s featured frame of the month is one of our FAVORITE mouldings. This 2 5/8″ in wide frame is veneered in olive wood making it a versatile style perfect for mirrors, photo portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. The moulding is also deep enough to be used for memorabilia framing and shadowbox designs. As with all of our Frame of the Month mouldings, this ROMA frame is available in any size at 40% off regular retail price throughout the month of October. Call in orders can be shipped if prepaid.  24 hr. turnaround available as long as supplies hold out!

01
Oct 2013
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August Frame of the Month – American Impressionist


A 3” wide American Impressionist style frame in antique silver or antique gold finish. Perfect fit for plein air landscape, still life, or portrait/figurative paintings. Available in any size at special pricing (46% off) for the month of August only. Call in orders can be shipped if prepaid.  24 hr. turnaround available as long as supplies hold out!

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Standard size price list:

8 x 10 –   $59.64

11 x 14 – $67.10

16 x 20 – $82.01

18 x 24 – $104.38

Custom sizes available – same (per foot) pricing.

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31
Jul 2013
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