I am starting a collaboration with Julie Leidel of 'The Bungalow Craft' . Julie is a Roycroft master craftsman. A Roycroft master craftsman is a prestigious title given to an artisan in a variety of mediums.. From working with wood to painting, quite simply to receive this title is an honor to their skill and creativity they bring to their craft. The first of the new frames is "The Raven". The idea being to carry the design from the painting into a frame that relates and conveys the message. 

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This raven is a truth seeker. Especially when it's hard and can be unbelievably brave to tell the truth. This raven and the motto were inspired initially by the "silence breakers" of 2017 and beyond. It's quite literally meant to ruffle tail feathers. The truth isn't always easy, and it's not always attainable for many. Odin (from Norse Mythology) had two truth-seeking ravens fly the world and report back to him. They were named Thought (Huginn) and Memory (Muninn.)

​In each voyage for every individual, I believe that if we strive to speak truth, happiness is close at hand. Speak truth not only in the present to those around us but, even more importantly, to ourselves. The narrative we end up believing about our inner self through our thoughts and our memories needs to be checked or even reevaluated from time to time. Are we holding up truth even then? Are we honoring our truth by not tearing ourselves down with our inner monologue? Are we glossing over something we really should feel remorse for and make it right? Are we being fair, loving, and truthful to the one inside? Be honest... The voyage of self discovery is the longest journey we'll encounter in our lifetime.

 

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This was a fun project! My customer has a beautiful old Church as her residence. We replaced the entry doors with 2 handmade mortise and tenon joined West African Sapele doors and a stained Sapele fretwork overlay.

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