Art Support

Special frames, boxes or structures for artists where there is no off-the-shelf solutions available to meet their requirements.

Large format

This frame is shellac finished Beech and acrylic with plywood back.

The artist created a series of drawings titled The Poisoned City about the Flint Michigan water crisis.

The frame needed to protect the art work and be strong enough to support the weight of the Plexiglas while at the same time being unobtrusive.


Chinese inspired frames

This set of frames are 36in x 62in made from stained Honduras Mahogany and acrylic.

The artist created a series of large Chinese inspired paintings to be mounted in Chinese-styled frames. The frames needed to have a thin delicate look while at the same time be strong enough to hold the paintings and their heavy acrylic fronts.


Frames for special requirements

This Mahjong set was brought to Scotland as a gift in about 1927 by my Grandfather's brother who lived in Hong Kong.

The set came in a Mahogany box with a sliding front lid and 5 draws that held the 144 tiles and the small bones used as counters. The tiles are bone dovetailed on to bamboo backs.

When I was very young I played with it a few times in my Grandfather's house using the tiles as building blocks. Later, as a teenager when the set had been passed on to me, my friends and I spent many Sunday afternoons tried to work out how to play the game from the small instruction book that came with the set but always got to the same page before realizing we were totally lost.

A few years later I found a book on how to play the game in a big toyshop in Manchester. Our Sunday afternoon attempts restarted with some success.

Apart from when I played with the tiles as a child and the Sunday afternoons tying to play the game the tiles lay for three quarters of a century unseen in their Mahogany box.

Once I started woodworking I decided it was time for these beautiful pieces to be displayed as art so I made this frame.

The challenge was to build a frame to display the beauty of this very old bone and bamboo mahjong set which had been stored away in a box for about 75 years. The set came with 4 brass "winds" that were incorporated into the edges of the frames. The box is lined with felt with felt-covered spacers to keep the pieces firmly in place and the back is screwed on for additional strength.

Size: 12.5in x 18.5in x 1.5in

Birds Eye Maple frame with inlays of Walnut and Padauk.