Amateur (very!) Bristol-based carpenter Paddy loves rescuing and re-using wood. In 2019 he started turning some of this wood into bespoke picture frames with a unique finish displaying the grain and patina of the working wood from which they are constructed.
All the parts are salvaged: wood from discarded pallets, builders’ skips, old floorboards, broken furniture, felled trees… Corners are joined using slats from a thrown away blind. Nails are from a closed-down workshop and the hanging wire is unwound from broken electrical equipment. Even the wax used to enhance the finish is from a thrown-away pot.
There is no glue used, so it’s an entirely chemical-free process.
Some power tools are used in construction but the electricity comes from renewable sources so construction has a very low-impact on the environment. Even the offcuts are re-used for heating.
You’ll be asked to make a donation to a charity of your choice based on: what you can afford, how good you think each frame looks and the fact that someone’s spent 2-3 hours work on it. Professional bespoke frames cost around £20 for a small frame, increasing to a lot more for larger sizes.
The picture is inserted into slots in the frame. The frame can be pulled apart if the picture needs to be removed. OR Paddy can make frames where the picture can be replaced easily. Due to the materials used, frames may be a bit wonky and uneven. You can specify a planed natural wood finish or a more “lived in” finish.
Paddy will have a go at all kinds of things, though his work is functional rather than finessed. He’s made a ramp for cats to get into kitchen window, a rain-proof book-swap box, a tablet holder, spice racks, makeshift bench, trestles, pen holders…