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.