Hardwood Frames

An aspect of photography that I have completely embraced is the framed presentation of the work.  

With many of the landscape exposures I find local and exotic hardwoods best compliment the photos themselves.  The truly rewarding part of this process for me is sourcing a unique piece of hardwood and sculpting that into a frame that matches the character of the exposure.

On this page I show some examples of pieces of wood as they were, and the unique pieces of art they became.  Enjoy, and if you have any questions please shoot me an email.


Mesquite (Prosopis Leguminous)

This piece of Mesquite was a particularly challenging and fun to work with.  The yellow/green portions of the piece are sapwood; the wood that is newest and right next to the bark on the tree.  I found this, along with the natural curve in the middle, gave this piece a lot of character and gives it an exotic look.

When working with a piece like this my primary concern is using as much of the wood as possible.  This consideration will often limit and determine what size print the frame can be utilized with.   In this case I was lucky and was able to make the wood in to a frame large enough to fit a matted 16*24 print, one of my favorite sizes.

I matched the frame to a pre-dawn photo of the Bisti-Dan Za Ni wilderness/badlands in the four corners area of Northwest New Mexico.  What I like the most about this is how exotic and other worldy the whole presentation appears, and how much in contrast to reality that is as the whole piece is completely local to the Southwestern United States.


One-Seed Juniper (Juniperus Monosperma)

This is one of my favorite woods to work with.  I source it from western New Mexico, and the character of the wood truly matches the rugged nature of the scenery in the Southwest; which makes sense as the wood is from the area!  

Along with utilizing all of the wood possible I also like to keep as many knots enacted as the wood allows.  In this case the obvious knot of particular interest is the large open one on the wide end of the wood.  You can see in the finished work I was able to use this knot on the vertical sides of the frame.