It’s been over 2 years since my last post and I didn’t know if I would ever be back. Well, here I am! I’m not sure at this point how often I’ll post but I’m going to try to make it weekly, or at least monthly. I’ve been taking a lot of photos and have also made it to the next level in my photographic journey. I haven’t been taking as many photos as I have in the past but I have been getting better.

As to what I mean by the next level in my photographic journey is that I have now started making custom stained wood frames. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while but lacked the time and tools to do so. Now I only lack the amount of time I would like to put into it, but I do have the tools. So what I do for now is make the time.

Here is my first frame! Well, technically not my first frame but the first oak frame. My first frame was a prototype to make sure I had the process down. I am really happy about this frame and learned quite a bit in making it. I have refined my processes and made some jigs to help with making picture frames and have been very happy with my progress.

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Why did I choose oak to use? The biggest reason is that I had acquired a decent amount of oak wood from someone that had been torn out of a building to be replaced. So instead of letting it go to the burn pile, I decided to put it to good use. Because of that, you will see some random holes in some of the frames from nails or screws that were previously in there. I do however have plans for using different types of wood and experiment on different ideas just like I do with my photography. I picture that my frames, just like my photos, are another form of art.

Last summer I had made a trip to Europe and visited Paris as well as a few places in Germany. It was a great experience and would love to go back someday. Of course, when you are in Paris, you have to get a shot of the Eiffel Tower! This shot was more luck than anything. As my wife and I were walking along the sidewalk I happened to look over and seen a perfectly framed shot so I had to take it. I love how the trees help frame the shape of the Eiffel Tower. For the frame, I cut 2-inch pieces and used a black stain. One thing I learned about trying to stain Oak black is that it is a bit difficult to get it truly black. You may be able to see a slight brownish tint to the frame but it is easier to see in person. The photo is 20 x 20 inch and currently hangs in my living room above the fireplace.

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I’ve got more to share but will save those for other posts so this one doesn’t get too long. In addition to making the frames, I’m also selling them. You won’t find me posting a lot of “sales” type posts though because I don’t believe in pushing people to buy. But, if you are interested and would like to find out more you can message me or visit my facebook page here: JTA Custom Framing. You can also read more information on my journey on making picture frames as well plus see some additional photos and frames.

BTW, if you would like to have a chance at winning a custom-made 8×10 or 8×12 inch frame, once I get to 100 followers I will do a random drawing to choose a winner. It doesn’t matter where you live. Everyone will be eligible.

Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook so you don’t miss special promotions or chances to win a custom stained wood frame. JTA Custom Framing

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