Can I make my own frames?

This is a question that I have been asking myself for a long time. So I thought I would use the extra home time that I have had in the last year or so to see where this thought would take me.

After spending a lot of time looking into the numerous ways of making my own frames I eventually came up with a plan (that did grow and change along the way).

I have a garage, however there is no way of getting an electricity supply to it so everything would require hand tools. Like most garages it was being used for storage, so a massive sort out was required to make some space before I could start.

During my research I came across a woodworker called Mr Paul Sellers this was a turning point for me. The short story is that I bought some rusty old planes and vices etc and some recycled wood. I have never done woodwork before so learning how to setup and use a plane for example did take some time…

After I got everything cleaned, working, sharp and I learnt how to use them, I built myself a bench and work space in the garage. I have even built myself a dust collecting system using a battery powered vacuum cleaner.

Next I looked at buying mouldings but I could not find exactly what I wanted, my paintings are usually very busy with bright colours, therefore the frames need to be calm and relatively plain by comparison. So with a lot of practice and many hours watching YouTube videos I have started to make my own frame mouldings by hand from reclaimed wood. Once I have a good quantity of mouldings I will be making all my own frames.