What is Native Edge


What is live edge?
Wikipedia defines a live edge, or natural edge, as “a style of furniture where the carpenter [artist] incorporates the natural edge of the wood into the design of the piece.”
Woodworkers and artist are creating from this unique style more and more, often including reclaimed wood and items not conventionally seen in the modern day photo frame. Just getting a solid wood frame is becoming harder and harder to find. With the cost of materials and skilled labor it’s not popular to carry solid wood frames (as opposed to composite or plastic).
The natural or live edge adds a rustic and natural look to the wood frame and is nothing less than a conversational piece. Folks can’t help but notice and inquire since the “look” is both unique and special. To find a perfect balance between the art work and frame is sometimes impossible without “thinking” outside the box”.
Caring for the natural edge can be a bit different since these frames are a bit more fragile due to the edge being shaped differently or having the bark still on the wood, but payoff is spectacular. To own a frame made from reclaimed wood or one that has been cut with natural edge makes more sense and is more Earth responsible, here more nature can be preserved or recycled. You can be proud of the fact that you own a piece of history and display it accordingly.


What is “Native” edge?
Coined from the concept of “live edge” wood and the “Native” artistry- paying respect to the older cruder methods of the indigenous or early land dwellers, Native edge refers to the process of artistry and craftsmanship of these frames. Solid, rough cut wood brings out the rustic, primitive beauty of a piece of art surrounded by natural wood. Be it a portrait, landscape, or still art- the frame compliments it simply and naturally.
Both the Indian and early settlers recognized the use and beauty in the native and occasionally imported trees that were available. Harvesting the wood from the land around them they quickly developed the skills in creating art as well as shelter and tool making. Native Edge Photo Frames is dedicated to honoring the folklore as well as the look of the early art.
No two trees grow alike, thus no two frames are alike. Building something that has dimension requirements out of something grown is a challenge and not always “workable”. Care and skill goes into designing a picture frame so that it displays the art in an elegant and acceptable way. My hope is that you recognize the partnership of art and frame and can find a match of your own, with one of these native edge photo frames.
• These frames are of solid wood, rough cut, and incorporate custom matting with double strength clear glass.
• Wood is both domestic and imported and glued and sometimes “V” nailed to preserve strength.
• They are stained with both oil and water stains and sometimes just tongue oil.
• Skins are cow, dear, and lamb, all wood is kilned dried and skins are commercially tanned.
• All materials are purchased in the United States and subjected to Governmental import regulations, free from pests and mold- can be safely displayed inside the home without fear of insects or fungal spores.
• Made from one of these woods: Ash, Alder, Birch, Bocote, Cedar, Chestnut, Cotton wood, Dalmatian, Mesquite, Maple, Pine, Poplar, Oak, Zebra.
• Artist holds himself free from: injury from broken glass, wood splinters, damage from stain or finishing products.
• No returns- purchases are “as is”.


With rare exception the frames are only roughly sanded and may have a less smooth edge. Care should go into handling the frame. The natural character of some designs prevent the frame from having “perfect corners”. The glass and matting are custom cut to fit inside the frame. When removed for placing/ replacing photos or cleaning, the glass should be placed back as it was originally and may not fit in any other configuration.

The frame comes with a pre-installed hanger. This hanger may not be centered due to the odd shape or weight of the frame, thus the frame may not balance in the center of the frame. This should be considered when hanging the frame.

The pre-installed hanger is guaranteed not to pull out under the weight of the frame as designed. Since the seller of the frame has no control over how/where the frame will be hung, the seller accepts no responsibility from the frame falling or being damaged as a result of improper hanging.

Driftwood Series

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The Driftwood Collection

The latest Native Edge development is “The Driftwood Collection”. A unique process that artificially ages and weathers the frame pieces. Combined with a patented solution this technique gives the frame a driftwood* appearance as though it experienced the timeless shifting sands, water soaked, sun bleached look. Different species of wood (Oak, Maple, Pine, and Hickory) react to this technique in their own way adding to the “one of a kind” special frame.
Each frame adopts a slate looking color of various intensities, and the soft grain naturally erodes away exposing a more “3D” looking grainy appearance. This creates a gray-black color that accentuates a black and white photo, or any art placed on a white wall or light background. When creating a frame like this each corner has its own character and may not “mate” perfectly but is as strong and pleasing as the conventional gluing and stapling. Due to the “aging” process it is not possible to sand the wood smooth. Instead it is left with the aging lines and rough texture that is so coveted in natural driftwood.
Since I do not soak the wood, there is no “dry out” warping or fracturing. The frame is constructed from wood that has been commercially kiln dried and is as dry when put together as it is when you buy it- no “drying out” or cracking months down the line. Keep in mind Arizona is a dry heat and tends to dry the woods that harbor the most moisture but this is normal in anything you buy made of solid wood.

*Driftwood is wood that has been washed onto a shore or beach of a sea, lake, or river by the action of winds, tides or waves. It is a form of marine debris or tidewrack.


Up and Coming Exhibits

Briar Patch Flyer

Come see all my frames at Briar Patch Art and Craft event this weekend

Trophy Series


Trophy Series frames display the focus of the trophy winner and allow room to display the ribbons and awards earned by the subject. The back of the frame is laminated Oak board 1/4 thick for affixing the ribbons.

The top of the frame can display belt buckles or any number of items the customer chooses.

Dream Catcher Series

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Dream Catchers have long captured the attention of young and old alike. The dream catcher is associated with the Native American culture and many ideas surround it’s mythical meaning and uses. It is said of many believers the Dream Catcher filters out unwanted dreams and traps the good and peaceful dreams, passing them on to the sleeper.

Dream Catchers are in a variety of shapes, colors, and are as diverse as the culture they are born out of. These frames are meant to honor those that wish to display and pay tribute to the myths and folklore behind the Dream Catcher and the Native American culture.

Western Theme Series


The Western Series frames use real cow, lamb, and dear skins to add a western look to the already natural wood frame. Real cow leather straps are incorporated into the design for variations. In most cases new leather is tanned and “aged” artificially. In some cases actual leather straps from bridles, saddles, and other uses are used. When these kinds of leather are used the leather is sanitized by boiling and then reconditioned for the soft and aged look. All of the hides used are commercially tanned and purchased in the United States. When ever possible the Native Edge is also incorporated by using the natural tanned edge of the hide, as well as the wood.

Native Edge

4 thoughts on “Native Edge

  1. Sandy Fisher

    Hi, picked up a card last year at your exhibit at 43rd & Thunderbird, but missed this years show/sale. When do you plan to be in the Phoenix, AZ area again? Would love to get some photo’s framed and think your’s will do the job.
    Thank you,

    1. brandon Post author

      I am working back into the creative sdie of the business from a sabbatical caused by a fire. I have those pictured in stock. I custom most, if not all of my frames. You would merely describe what it it is that you want. You may refer to one of the frames pictured to help. My e-mail add is nativeedge@cox.net we could proceed from there.Thank you for the compliment.


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