The creation of a rustic picture frame from the elements of nature requires going back to the absolute basics of picture framing. What idea or emotion does the image wish to communicate to the viewer? What natural material best suits and enhances this idea? We are the first to admit that a rustic frame may not work for every image but when it does, something special happens and the viewer can feel it.


Clients wishing to capture a bit of family history are always welcome to bring or send their own frame materials, and many do! We understand that there are many structures of personal significance, and we will do our best to turn your materials into something worth passing down to future generations. Keep in mind that the average 6×8 photo, for example, with an appropriate amount of mat surround requires nearly three feet of material to produce a frame!  A 16×20 inch photo can require nearly 4 yards of material for starters, so make sure you bring the whole barn door and not just a couple of small planks.


Alternatively, you can browse through our gallery so as to begin getting some ideas as to what you want. Keep in mind it is only the tip of the iceberg. We have photographed many of the rustic frames we have made. Through further discussion we can surely come up with just what you have in mind. It is always our preference to have the actual artwork or photo for framing. Each frame is individual and meant to suit a particular artwork itself. Even so, we realize that this is not always practical. Where a frame is to be a gift, for example. Hence, we can produce and sell a complete frame without a specific artwork when required.


Fortunately wood goes with wood. Mixing and matching light and dark timbers in your home or workspace décor is easy, appropriate and makes for good visual interest. There are plenty of interesting timbers both light and dark and both seem to get along with classical, subtle, contemporary and radical interior designs.

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Rustic frames are an obvious departure from the ordinary, so don’t be afraid to be bold and extravagant with choice. A general rule of thumb is the simpler the image, the bolder the frame. Complicated images can work with rustic frames as well, but begin your search with the more subtle external shapes. Sometimes just going with reclaimed flooring with an interesting grain pattern can be enough of a statement, particularly with larger images, like panoramas. Search our gallery for ideas and interesting examples.


Website new rustics 001 BTimber grains can be subtle or radical, depending upon the species and particular timber selection. The grain works with the shape of the timber to enhance the image, so selection is important. Older timber clearly has more character and definition, and that is why you are here. The closer the viewer is to the composition, the more effective the grain. Images in a narrow hallway or stairwell will be viewed differently to those in a lounge room. When possible keep the final location in mind.


We usually categorize timber colors into creams, browns or reds, but there are some lovely variations as well. Use these three colors as a baseline and go from there. Take any species of timber and you will find a whole range of colors both in the grain and right out to the bark. Outside, inside, sunny side of the hill, age of tree and content of the soil. You are what you eat and the same pertains to timber. This is what makes each frame unique. It may seem a daunting process of choice but the reward for success can be reaped for years to come. From there it is simply a matter of handcrafting each frame individually to bring out its unique characteristics and creative charm.