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.