I’m always on the lookout for new frames, frame sales, and even antique frames at thrift stores. However, I soon realized that most of the frames I found weren’t what I was really looking for. They lacked the intricate details and carvings that I desired. As someone who enjoys watching woodworking videos, I decided to take matters into my own hands and create my own frame.

To begin my frame-making journey, I conducted some research and purchased essential tools such as gouges, chisels, and a good hand saw. For the wood itself, I opted for Australian Pine, a soft wood that is ideal for beginners.

With precise 45-degree cuts and careful assembly, I constructed the frame. Next, I sketched a floral pattern onto the wood and began carving away. Initially, achieving a clear outline of the pattern proved challenging, but I discovered that using a V-gouge greatly simplified the process. From there, it was a matter of meticulously carving out the negative space and refining and reshaping the intricate patterns. As I continued, I noticed that not only did the process become easier, but I also became faster and more proficient.

I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to carve my next frame, embracing the creative journey it presents.

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