We love matching timbers to the item being framed. Some timbers suit images and objects more than others. A frame should always complement the subject and not distract. When it comes to choosing wood it is also important to think about where the frame is going to hang.
We like our frame to have a natural feel when finished so we offer the following options:
• Natural – no oil or wax, just the bare wood.
• Oiled – using boiled linseed oil. This warms the timber.
• Clear wax – this gives the wood a nice matt finish without effecting the colour.
• Limewax – this lightens the colour of the timber giving a white tinge.
We stock a number of different timbers in our climate controlled timber store. Some timbers are harder to source than others so we will let you know at the time what we have available and help select the wood that will best suit.
It is hard to define a material as diverse as wood but here is a simple visual guide to some of the woods we regularly work with. Please note that wood will darken with age, especially timbers like cherry.
This is a beautiful wood with interesting grain patterns. It can be finished as bare wood, oiled with linseed oil (this will give it a nice warmth), or lime-wax (this will give the wood a white look, bottom image).
This is a nice warm wood, similar in grain to Ash. It looks best with an oil finish.
*Native oak is quite hard to source and would be a special order.
This is a stunning wood, with a really nice warmth to it and intricate grain patterns.
Subtle grain patterns making this ideal for understated frames.
A nice varying grain wood with warmth and character. Best left with natural sanded finish.
Walnut is the darkest and warmest. It looks at its best left unfinished.
*Native walnut is very hard to source and would be a special order.