I built this G&G picture frame with the Guild when Marc first released it...how many moons ago was that? I don't know. Many.
Anyway, I was off my game that day and I made mistakes. First, I dropped it, and severely dented a corner. Then, I dropped it again, and severely dented another corner. I was about to throw in the towel at that point since the butter on my fingers was clearly becoming a liability...but I pushed forward despite the clear and imminent danger I had become to myself and anyone who came near me. Five minutes later I let the router get away from me when I was working on the inlaid strips at the top. That's it, I quit. It's over.
The last few days I've been organizing the mountains of crap in our office/storage area downstairs and I stumbled upon this piece in the land of aborted projects. And I just thought it's way too cool to let sit down there getting dusty, so I took it into the shop, did my best to repair the routing disaster, finished the inlay, sanded a little, smeared some T&T on it, and popped in a painting. You can't even see the dented corners...they're both on the back of the frame on the left side. The repair you definitely can see if you look closely...because I told you about it...but who cares. If I had saved some walnut from the original board I had used I'm sure the color match would be better. But at the time I thought I would never touch it again. Oh well.
My sister painted the portrait of my daughter when she was about six months old. So it's a completely handmade piece, frame and artwork both.
Oh, and I didn't put the plugs in at the bottom of the stiles...because I'm lazy.