Now that Christmas 2016 has passed and the dust has settled in our workshop, I wanted to share with you one of our team’s proudest moments from the holiday rush.
An email request came in asking if there was any chance that we would take on, what she called her ‘unique challenge’ with so few days left before Christmas. Her daughter’s father, a renowned guitarist, had recently passed away and she wanted to have one of his guitars custom framed for her this Christmas.
Normally, there would be no issue taking on a project like this however we were very short on time and I was already concerned with the workload that still needed to be completed. I presented the ‘unique challenge’ to our team and without hesitation they all rose to the occasion. Now we just needed to get approval on the design ASAP so we could give ourselves the time needed to execute without any setbacks. With a few sample shots, emails and a phone calls it was settled and we were ready to go…thank goodness for smartphones!
I designed this special frame using a Robert’s cut, a technique that combines two moldings to create a case that is just as beautiful viewed from the side as it is from the front. We accomplish this by making our 45-degree cuts along the side profile of the molding rather than the face. When joined, it creates an open backed box with the decorative face of the frame facing out towards the sides. The lip and rabbet of the frame now points upward, becoming a shelf that we then drop a second frame into. The second frame is cut and joined traditionally so that when they are combined you have a custom built, deep case that is beautiful from all angles…perfect for housing a guitar!
A project like this really exemplifies what we love about custom framing. Protecting a cherished item, preserving a memory and creating a beautiful family artifact that will stand the test of time is about as good as it gets for us. Our new customer was thrilled with the results... and so were we! I am proud to say that everyone one of our Le Frame Shoppe team put on their elf hat and really stepped up to make this Christmas wish come true!