The Importance of Selecting A Quality Frame
Good quality wooden frames are usually made from ash or pine from sustainable plantations and may go through 10 or more processes to achieve the colour, texture and profile that you see in the corner samples. A wooden moulding is finger jointed about every ½ a metre. This minimises warping that can occur with different temperatures and humidity. Some of the top quality Italian mouldings are manufactured from olive wood and some gold frames have 22k gold gilt hand applied.
Frames are joined with a purpose designed v shaped nail. The placement, number and size of the nails is different for every moulding.
Frames bought at discount stores are often synthetic, which means they have reduced lifespan and reduce the lifespan of the contents. The strongest part of these frames is sometimes the glass!