Over the weekend I was able to install the two large floater frames recently completed, aka The VanDamFloat. Might as well name them in my clients honor! The paintings are quite large and this step wouldn’t have been possible without their help. After laying a protective pad on that beautiful dining table you see in the picture, the frame was placed face up. Next the painting was inserted into it and spacers located it properly within the frame. I had pre-drilled holes in the frame so with the use of a gimlet, the stretchers were then pre-drilled and the frame attached with screws from the back. The rectangular one measures 3′ x 6′ while the other was approximately 4′ square. As you can see, the frame itself is minimal and there is a 3/4″ reveal all the way around. They were very pleased with the frames and it’s difficult to see the slight reveal of red clay on it. These frames isolate the paintings from the rest of the room and put them into their own world — agree?
Keeping the frame theme going, there was mention of a possible commission of 15 small frames for a local artists’ upcoming show. That came through so that’ll be the next project coming out of the shop. The size of these is 4″ x 6″ and the profile will be milled from Basswood. There is a good possibility that this job will lead to a furniture commission of creating and building a portable bar. My client is in the process of buying and renovating a house and I committed to working on this really beautiful Walnut chest of drawers they found. It’s in the Mid-Century modern style and will be used for a double vanity. The drawers need to be modified to clear the plumbing so that’ll be my contribution to that project.
Lastly, let me talk about the DMT continuous diamond stones. Always trying to keep organized so decided the best way to safeguard this investment was to make holders for them — heck; they tell me these will last my lifetime and then they can be passed on! Simple plywood and Alder holders, the small one clamps on to the edge of the carving bench while the larger one clamps into the vise on my main bench. The holes are to make it easier to remove them and you can see the storage rack for the 3″ x 8″ stones in the background.