We build custom picture frames with special woods and with special joints that are meant to last for many decades if not lifetimes. In the example pictured, this small 10 x12 inch frame is made of mahogany one inch wide. Joints in all four corners are made with mating mortises and tenons, through pegged with square pegs with pyramid shaped top ends. Very strong as well as decorative. A second small frame (with watercolor image) is shown with red oak.
Other frames are also offered in larger, custom sizes and proportions and with different woods - - - oak, cherry, maple. We make basic use of both the mortice and tenon joint as well as the lap joint (as in the Adirondack style frames also shown in our portfolio). Finishes are most commonly a natural oil such as linseed or tung and depending on the wood and use, sealed with a shellac sealer and coated with another layer of hand rubbed varnish.