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About Craig Johnstone

A Story About Craig’s Unique Frames:

My name is Craig Johnstone. I am a Canadian image bandit, air-sculptor, time decorator, creek pirate, ultra-overcomer, proponent and fighter for truth and freedom, and fugitive of the law of averages, currently living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Craig's Unique Self - who handcrafts unusual picture frames
Craig’s Unique Self – who builds unusual picture frames. NEVER use a chainsaw lefthanded!!!!

I also craft unique picture frames.​

I started building these unusual handcrafted frames in 2012, while living in “the sticks” for a spell, and discovering diamond willow wood.

The uniquely shaped picture frames I began to make with it quickly became very popular with the people around me, and I began to sell them at farmer’s markets, etc. The “live edge” frames I was making became more unusual, and they all received much more attention and praise than I ever would have expected, and it was becoming more than feasible that I could make and sell a handcrafted photo frame or two online. And I did!

I then began to collect driftwood, root wood, old barn board… whatever I could find.  I began to look for interesting stocks of wood wherever I went. Then I would more carefully study them, and then set about removing all of the material from them that didn’t look like part of an unusual, but amazing picture frame!

Heading out on a wood-harvesting safari is still one of my favorite things to do. As is building unique driftwood frames, diamond willow wood frames and root wood frames (and more) for the lovely people who seem to enjoy them!​

One of my earlier, and more unusual frames (a driftwood frame) was to be featured on the UK TV show “Crafty Beggars” a few years ago, but they ended up having to cut it from the show, sadly.

On the bright side, I guess I still have my 15 minutes coming to me… 🙂

Thanks for visiting the site, and enjoy browsing all of my most recently built unique wood frames!

Read the legendary tales (many of which are, shall we say… unfounded…?) of Craig’s adventures hunting for wood and the stories behind some of these live edge frames and others from the past. If nothing else, they are certainly entertaining, but most definitely stories!

Here are some of Craig’s favorite unusual picture frames from the past.