Craig’s Tall Tales | Behind the Unique Picture Frames

Tall Tales: The Stories Behind Some of Craig’s Unusual Picture Frames from the Past

The Legends of Craig’s Wood-Hunting Odysseys, and How His Unique Picture Frames Are Made.

**It has been strongly suggested to me that these tales must be somewhat less than factual. How RUDE!


Peruse another gallery of a few of Craig’s favorite unusual picture frames here.



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This rather unusual picture frame was made with so much love that it will melt if exposed to direct sunlight for any  length of time.

Just kidding. It is made entirely from wood.

The wood is from a beaver dam I ran into with my “pirate ship”, while out cruising for damsels.



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Another favorite among the more unique picture frames. This diamond willow wood frame actually sounds really good when you bang on it with a frozen wiener.

You know what else sounds good when you bang on it? A drum!

Actually, my drumming style has been likened (by me) to, “Blistering, ear-spanking thunder-bombs, slamming thru your skull like a barrage of rapid-fire sledgehammers tempered in the fires of Mordor, yet with the textured finesse and artful nuance of an octopus doing Tai Chi.



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Driftwood Picture Frame 6×8

This is a favorite driftwood frame.

I ran out of sand paper halfway through finishing this one, and had to rub the wood against a speaker playing a recording of a Bonnie Tyler song.

I might start putting a “Made in Canada” tag on these, just so nobody would suspect they just grow wild, in somewhere like Kathmandu, or Arkansas.

Actually, the wood in this and a couple other of my particularly unique picture frames was imported from a country that only I know about.



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The profits from the sale of this frame will be donated to a charity called “frame-makers with burned-out table saw motors”. I am the founder and only known member of this organization, so far.

Burned out table saw motors affect everyone.

Please. Make a difference.

Think of the children…!!!



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8×12 Custom Wood Frame – Root Wood

I really liked this root wood frame and have a photo of my beloved pet baby that would have looked great in it.

I wasn’t going to sell it, but I was forced at gun-point by a cult called Illegal Norwegian Nihilist Vegan Introverted Cross-dressers (Or “INNVIC) to sell it to them – at a discount, no less!




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The wood from which this particularly unusual wood photo frame was made came from a tree near an old fire hall that partially burnt down, before it became driftwood.

Ok, not really, but wouldn’t that be ironic?

Yes it would, Alanis Morrissette, unlike anything in your song

By the way, the most excellently ironic thing that ever happened to me was tripping over a danger sign. That is ironic!

Okay, but get this: I was walking through a hospital at the time! 

That actually is a true story.



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Custom Wood Frames – 8×10

The wood in this custom wood frame is from Cochrane, Alberta, where I once lived.

Actually, I five-times lived there. It kept sucking me back.

On a totally unrelated note, I would like to take this time to say hello to Jesus.

Hello, Jesus.




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This willow wood 11×14 frame is called “Reclaimed”, because:

It was stolen from my shop, and fortunately, I was able (through a bit of investigative gleaning) to deduce who the thief was. This is because as well as being an artisan, photographer, creek pirate, Samurai warrior and fighter jet pilot, I am also a (not-so)-certified private detective. And, with the aid of a fake, but very real looking water pistol (that’s right, it wasn’t even a real water pistol, but it looked like a real .44 Magnum), I was able to “re-claim” this particular frame.




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Dark Wood Frame 8×10

This driftwood frame was extremely special to me.

I forget why…





Driftwood Frame 8×10

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A building on the beach from which the wood for this frame was harvested once housed a very secret and special species of animal. It’s breeders paired up–believe it or not–a sea lion… and a chicken.

The animal was bred for it’s meat, but ironically, unlike most weird meats, it tasted nothing like chicken.

Nor did it taste like sea lion. In fact, it had a flavor much like pygmy marmoset, which, as you know, is delicious, but a little greasy.

Peruse a gallery of a few of Craig’s favorite unique picture frames here.



Unique-shaped Willow Wood Photo Frame


Natural Willow Wood Photo Frame 5×7

I recently found out that using a chainsaw left-handed (they only make right-handed ones, strangely) is EXTREMELY dangerous.

WOW. To think of all those hundreds of times I nearly shredded myself into a pile of bloody carnage, or cut a bunch of passers-by’s heads off!!



Dark Driftwood Frame 5×7

A couple years ago, I was smack in the middle of fighting pirates on the mighty Fraser River in Western British Columbia, when I reached for a soggy, grey unusual wood picture frame 5x7 driftwood darkstock of wood as the only thing within my reach to replace the sword knocked out of my hand by the last remaining salty, one-eyed sea-bandit I hadn’t sent overboard, crying.

He had his own steely, gleaming weapon poised at my jugular, foot pressed against my chest, growling raucously down at me the word “ARE!”.

I managed to retort with a hoarsely discordant, “ARE NOT!!” and whacked him over the head with the very piece of wood that the unusual picture frame you are looking at was made from, knocking him overboard and saving the lovely damsel-maiden who happened to be there and in some kind of distress.

Together, we returned all of the plunder that I had stolen to the townspeople , and lived blissfully-ever-onward, intermittently, before it all went bitterly sideways and now I am alone, penniless and desperately bitter.

I am presently hoping to get hit by a bus, or contract some kind of painless, but terminal disease.



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5×7 Picture Frame – Diamond Willow Wood

My ex-dog (murdered by my ex-wife) once seemed to suggest that I refer to the wood in these frames as “Re-purposed”.

She seemed to say, “…because it’s purpose used to be to hold leaves, but now it is to hold pictures”.

What a weirdo. Good riddance.




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Unique Shaped Picture Frames – Root Wood Frame 5×7

I know it sounds very unlikely, but I nearly glued my cat to a Jehovah’s Witness while assembling this very unusual wood frame.

I have got to learn to be more careful…

King Kong is excitedly hanging off of this one, if you squint a bit.



Unique 8x10 Wooden Picture Frame Root Wood


Another Unique Root Wood Frame 8×10

You won’t believe it, but this root wood frame, along with a couple other of my more unique shaped picture frames, was built completely by accident.

This weird root wood frame looks like it was made out of the stuff Stretch Armstrong was made from, and somebody was anxiously holding it while being forced to listen to a Celine Dion song.



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I love this frame.

It was initially appraised at 122,999.oo, but I had to reduce the price nearly a thousand per cent, before it finally sold.

Stupid communism.




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Real Barn Wood 8×10 Picture Frame

I try to use natural, environmentally friendly materials whenever possible. This frame was made partially out of soy and stained with recycled rhubarb juice.

The wood in this particular custom wood frame is often referred to as “Barn wood”. It obviously comes from Barn wood trees, but are they called that because they grow near barns, or something?

Well anyway, who cares.



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No animals were harmed during the making of any of these unique wood picture frames, including this one. …Unless you consider children animals, and want to count the probable mental trauma the neighbors’ kids suffered, as a result of all my profane screaming and hollering.

Oh, and chasing them down the street with a 2×4.

They were bothering me while I was trying to work, what do you want?!

They’re fine.



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Handmade Wooden Picture Frames – Driftwood 8×12


Again, I always try to be as environmentally conscious as possible in the crafting of these handmade natural wooden picture frames. For instance, I imagined eating crickets for a second while working on this one. Then a nearby cow burped and reminded me that I still had a half-eaten cheeseburger in the fridge.

Also, this frame was sanded with the face of an unshaven neo-hippie, and stained with that Ocasio Cortez girl’s bulls*#t.



Dark Wood Picture Frames – Unique 8×10 Driftwood
Amazing Dark Wood Picture Frame Unique 8x10 Driftwood

All three of the obligatory fluids of noble drudgery were secreted while fashioning another driftwood frame (not this particular 8×10 frame – I just like this one better):

Blood, sweat and tears were all secreted that day.

Blood, because I stabbed myself in the thumb with a chisel.

Sweat, simply because it was July in the Okanagan region of British Columbia at the time.

And tears, because of stabbing myself with a chisel (which alone would not likely have brought tears, but a Tammy Wynette song happened to be playing right at that moment).




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Diamond Willow Wood Frame 8×10

While working on this 8×10 diamond willow wood frame, I found myself thinking a lot about trees, as I often do, and how there are so many things about the life of a tree that parallel our own human lives.

I wish I had remembered some of them, because at the moment I can’t think of a single one. All I can think about are cookies.





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A driftwood frame from 2018. I was elated to find a huge pile of this wood on a remote beach near Harrison Hot Springs, BC at that time. I plundered it whilst out cruising in my pirate ship.
Ok, it was a ’96 Lincoln Town Car. It was like a boat… And I was feeling quite pirate-like, as I had illegally downloaded a  movie the night before.
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American elm wood trees grow where I’m from, in Calgary, AB Canada, oddly. But only near the US Embassy.

6 thoughts on “Craig’s Tall Tales | Behind the Unique Picture Frames”

  1. These stories are hilarious. Not only are you an exceptionally creative wood designer but also an exceptional woodcrafter.
    And now you surprise us with your writing and imagination!

  2. Hey Craig, these picture frames look often and I love that you have a story for each of them! I myself am from and live in Calgary, so it’s awesome to find someone else who was living close by. I must say, these picture frames would look amazing in log cabins. I know a few that have log cabins and am looking to buy one soon as well which means I’ll certainly be coming back for these picture frames. Thank you for writing these tall tales!

    • Hey, neighbor! Do me a favor and buy me a log cabin while you’re at it.

      Thanks for visiting, and for your comments. Maybe we’ll run into each other on 17th Avenue or something…:)

  3. Hey thanks for some interesting tales about the Wooden frames. They definitely sound like tall tales to me!

    its a cool way of presenting the unique frames. 

    Any one of them would look amazing in a home bar, if you are looking for a unique piece of art..

    Take care and good luck.

    Matt h


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