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

Mar 2017
AUTHOR braydee

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