On the 30th June the first post appeared, announcing that it was raining outside, so work had commenced on building this web site. Now, little more than one month later, it is up and running ~ complete; at least in its format and profile. So, a very hearty thanks, firstly to Neil ~ the designer and builder of the website; and also, of course, to the content compositor
When most men look at cars, particularly fast-looking cars, the first thing that they look at is the speedometer. To ascertain the top speed ~ then they may look to find out how many miles the vehicle has covered. When most women look at babies, particularly if they know the parents, the first thing that they say is, “doesn’t he/she look like you?” Promptly followed by “isn’t he/she beautiful?” No matter how like a pickled walnut the baby resembles. People generally; and purchasers in particular, who are considering parting with their hard-earned cash are nothing like as euphemistic or starry-eyed. They want what what they consider to be equable value for the money they are about to part with. Now what you are satisfied with may be far in excess, or alternatively not even getting close to being acceptable, to someone else. So everything, as the saying goes, is subjective. Relative, if you prefer, and are particularly Einsteinian.
However, what is indisputably true is that when someone commissions you to frame their personal piece of artwork, the first thing that they will scrutinize, upon being presented with the finished article, whether specifically or covertly, is the mitres and corners of the frame. If, as a framer, you ensure that you cannot be criticised in that area of your work, you are at least half way to being sure of a satisfied customer. And with the modern trend for pre-manufactured, pre-finished sticks of moulding, even the sharpest of Morso F guillotine blades and the most careful of operator cannot guarantee a 100% success rate for all mitred corners on all frames produced. And when the section is either so small or so large that the ubiquitous underpinner wedge is either too much, or even if stacked, woefully inadequate ~ so that the joint must be cross-pinned instead; the requirement for a suitable filler and finish paste is vital. And in this respect, I can certainly recommend the Liberon range of products. Their creams, waxes and fillers are, in my opinion, excellent. I personally tend generally, not to put too much store by their descriptive advice, preferring to follow my own methods, but that in no manner detracts from the superb results to be obtained using these products.
Finally, be assured that such observations are entirely a matter of personal opinion and perception, and are not in any manner solicited by the manufacturer mentioned, nor any subsidiary of the manufacturer.
In the morning I will be in the [dirty] workshop, complete with apron, plenty of paper towel and a bowl of cold water. The bowl of cold water? Well, I’m going to do some hand finishing on a selection of natural (ash) hockey moulding, for two frames to be made up for a client, next weeek. And to keep the process moving along at a reasonable pace, between coats, I use a paint stripping gun, on the low heat setting, to dry the applications of whatever I’m finishing the frame moulding with. Lots of people use hair driers. I don’t have a hair drier. The fact is, that I don’t have a lot of hair, so ….. no requirement for a hair drier. However, whatever I use, I’ll guarantee that I’ll burn my hand, or at least a finger with it. Often not from the stream of hot air, rather from the hot plastic or metal that the hot air passes through. So the bowl of cold water is there to plunge whichever part of my extremities gets burned, into. It does nothing to reduce the flamboyant language, but it does mean that the pain goes away slightly more quickly. I’m not very good with pain.
When I’ve completed the frames, I’ll upload some pictures, and describe the procedures.