This is one of those things that did not turn out the way you planned. I have some beautiful 6/4 S2S cherry lumber that I bought from the Guess Road Cabinet shop when they liquidated their hardwood lumber last year. The owner told me that he had bought it in 1996 and would sell it to me at the price he paid for it (he still had all that information in a notebook!)
So I made two quarter sheet size with 1/4" maple inlays and corner splines. They had really pretty grain and turned out spectacular (in my humble, but biased opinion). I double matted the two paintings with dark blue inner mats and put them in the frames...……. the cherry wood just did not look good with the bright colors of the fishing boats. Now what? I thought about maple frames with jatoba inlays but decided to try one before making any more frames. I disassembled "Valle Crucis - Winter" and tried that frame with "Safe Harbor" and decided that looked good. While I was at it, I stuck "Valle Crucis" into one of the cherry frames and concluded that it looked good with the green and earth tones of that painting. Ya' learn something new every day.
I needed another maple/jatoba frame for "Quay's End" so I decided to make a couple with 1/8" inlays instead of the 1/4" ones I have made lately. It is a more subtle look than the larger inlays but actually a little harder to make the smaller inlay material. I was satisfied with the way "Quay's End" looked in one.
I did not end up where I intended, but a satisfactory outcome anyway. Now I guess I need to get these pictures, and a new one of "Valle Crucis" on the website.
John Schwartz - watercolorist and woodworker.