A few months ago I received a unique project to custom frame. Dominic of NJ came to me with a large copy of the Declaration of Independence reproduced full size onto calfskin parchment. It was the first time that I had seen a replica so close to the original Declaration of Independence. Each skin is stretched and hand scraped. To read more about the process of making these fine art reproductions, visit Patrigraphica of Cincinnati.
The document was cockled, and I was concerned because as a professional framer I will never permanently mount an animal skin. Diplomas printed on sheep skin or parchment are common and special care must be taken when framing. I consulted many of my colleagues on how to handle the skin, but there was no definitive answer. Dominic assured me that he was ok with waves and I proceeded to frame it.
I used a rag backing board, archival mats, Tru-Vue Museum Glass, and a black and gold Larson Juhl moulding from the Hudson line. I hinged the parchment to the backing board using Japanese paper hinges with wheat starch paste. A gold plate with a quote was added to the bottom of the mat.
Dominic said, “I was completely overwhelmed with joy when Sue revealed my project to me.” He was delighted and hopefully in the future he will add more historic documents. We wish Dominic years of success! For more information on the makers of these fine documents, read about Patrigraphica.
We recently framed this Eagle Scout award dating back to 1963. Did you know that about over the years, 2.5 million Boy Scouts have achieved this rank? The Eagle Scout designation goes back to 1911 and only about 4 percent of Boy Scouts achieve this honor.
We took special care to design an aesthetically pleasing custom framed display for the simple Eagle Scout medal. We added an engraved plate to help tell the story. This will be proudly displayed in a home office.
What are your accomplishments? We can frame certificates, medals, photos, and pins. It’s never too late to frame your diplomas, athletic achievements or newspaper clippings. Stop by Whispering Woods Gallery in Holland, Bucks County and we will help you pick out the perfect combination to make your achievements shine!
Today we complete the “Vintage is Now” photo series. We end it with a photo from the beginning of this framer’s photo album. This was the first photo taken of me and I was obviously starting the pattern of bad hair days.
This is a small photo with a simple rag mat embellished with five ruled French lines. I framed this years ago and it still looks classic. It hangs in a grouping in my home with other vintage photos. It makes me smile! Thanks for watching!
Today’s project was for a customer that I will always remember. A few years ago Karl came to me with several military medal projects to be framed. Karl and I worked on one project at a time, framing his grandfather’s and father’s German military medals. Karl was a retired college professor so he enjoyed telling me the history of each project.
The third frame consisted his own medals from WWII. I noticed that his medals were the same as my father’s Army medals from WWII. Karl’s regiment preceded my Dad’s regiment. He enthusiastically told me details of his experience in Europe as an Army interpreter for Felix Sparks. He answered my many questions. At the holidays Karl came back and presented me with a book called “The Liberator” by Alex Kershaw which is an account of the liberation of Europe.
On April 29, 1945 Karl was part of the 45th Infantry Division that helped liberate the 30,000 starving prisoners of Dachau. Thanks to Karl for sharing his story and for serving our country.
Welcome to Day 24 of Whispering Woods Gallery’s “Vintage is Now” series. This is an example of how we think “outside of the frame.” We started with a small original 1956 black and white snapshot of Lucy the Elephant, my Mom and sister. It’s special because my brother is in the photo too, he’s just barely showing… Lucy is smiling and my sister is a positively precious toddler!
We have many creative elements. Our designer carefully colorized the photo and added fun type to replicate large letter vintage postcards. The vintage style frame choice is perfect for the theme and for the shore home where it is now displayed. The clear beach palette colors work well in a shore setting. Fun mat cutter embellishment were added to the top mat.
More than sixty years later Lucy is still delighting visitors in Margate, NJ. Do you have a favorite family photo? Let us create a fun piece that will be a family treasure for years to come.
Welcome to Whispering Woods Gallery’s series of vintage photo projects. Every day in April we are featuring a custom framed vintage photo project from our shop.
Today’s project dates back to 1910. We framed three very dear items for Mary of Holland, Pa. The Chicago Kindergarten College certificate and photograph had been previously framed and had sadly suffered damage due to improper framing materials. We scanned the photo, fixed the imperfections digitally and made a new copy for this project. We used the original certificate, covering the discoloration with the oval mat. We sewed the ring to the backing board so if needed, it would be in it’s original condition.
The frame’s pattern mimics the flourishes of the Copperplate pen and ink writing. The warm tones of the mat and frame work well with the three items. Having a three dimensional object in the frame makes the project come alive. Do you have an idea? We are happy to help! Stop by the Gallery to see similar projects.
A few months ago we worked on an interesting project of framing many snapshots for a new resident of a nearby independent living community. She stopped by the shop with a very large folder of her favorite photos. There were dozens of images spanning many decades! It took a while but we narrowed them down to make two pleasing arrangements. Each photo was meaningful and would bring joy. The framing was exactly to her specifications to fit in two places in her living area.
We had several challenges. We had to select from so many important photos. Also we had to keep the size to a minimum. All of the photos were from different time periods so nothing matched. All of the photo sizes were unique making layout a challenge.
The end result was perfect and we are delighted to preserve these memories for a resident new to the area.
Today’s “Vintage is Now” photo shows a series of Kim’s fun baby photos from the late 1960’s. These photos bring a smile to everyone that views them! They were framed in the 80’s elsewhere in very bold colors and it was time for a bit of updating.
We cut this six opening mat on our Wizard computerized matcutter. Kim chose a stylish ornate Larson Juhl frame with a bit of whimsy. We added an engraved plate with her name and the date. The matting choice is very neutral so whatever home decor colors might be popular, this project will look great.
Day 17 of Whispering Woods Gallery’s “Vintage is Now” series features a simple project that means a lot to me. This is an original photo of my grandmother Sophie with her calling card. Similar to a business card, a calling card announced your arrival when visiting. I feel honored to have this as it is a great reminder of my hard-working, determined grandmother. It’s on display at Whispering Woods Gallery.
The Larson Juhl vintage style frame is perfect for the early 1900 period of the project. The open v-groove leads you from the photo to the calling card. My choice was TruVue Museum Glass to protect from damaging UV light rays.
I know that Grandma would have approved! To see the complete series of “Vintage is Now” visit our Blog Page.
Day 15 of Whispering Woods Gallery’s “Vintage is Now” series is a unique combination. We combined three photos into one frame for Bill of Newtown, Pa. In the center we see Bill’s parents wedding photograph from 1957 and 1930’s pony pictures of his mom and dad from different parts of Philadelphia. Bill’s mother grew up in the Tacony section of Philadelphia and his father grew up in West Philadelphia. Both photos are from the age of five years old.
For this project we scanned the photos and digitally manipulated the color of the trio to look pleasing together. We sized them to make an interesting arrangement. New copies were generated for this framed piece. The double mat of solid core matboard complements the Larson Juhl Marais frame. We included a brass plate with Bill’s parents names and the year that they were married. Bill is happy to have this sweet reminder of his parents and their happy memories many years ago.
If Bill looks familiar, you might have met him at a local appraisal event or at an antique show. He owns Imagine Antiques and Appraisals and specializes in early lithographs, political Americana, metalware, American & European ceramics, ephemera, sports memorabilia, and pop culture.
Welcome to Day 13 of Whispering Woods Gallery’s “Vintage is Now” series. This custom framing project is a fun one! This goes back to the late 1940’s where my Mom and Dad met on Chelsea Beach in Atlantic City, NJ. It was after WWII and Atlantic City was the place to be. I have included a vintage postcard of the approximate same time period in the same place. The building in back of my parents is the Ambassador and it is the middle building in the postcard.
The framing is simple. I used a beachy light wood with a gray wash and solid core white rag mats. It was challenging to make choice that went with both pieces. I cut the mat on my Computerized Mat Cutter. The frame is by a Pennsylvania manufacturer.
This is a project that makes a great gift and can be delivered quickly. I have thousands of fun vintage postcards in the shop and we just need you to supply the photograph. What a great gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or graduation!
Day 10 of “Vintage is Now” features a candid snapshot of a mother and son in the 1940’s. It was taken in the backyard on a sunny day. It is honest. There was no primping or posing. The subjects were immigrants who were grateful for everything.
This photo came from a “shoebox collection” of photos. Most families have a box or two of these. Sometimes they are a semi-glossy photo with cool deckled edges. Looking through a box of these is an adventure through the past.
The tone on tone white matting is simple. The matting design frames the image and draws your eye into the photo. We used a traditional frame that would have felt perfect in this home. The mom in the photo passed away in 1952, but we know that future generations will have a glimpse of a their family matriarch.