Monday, August 27, 2012

New Frames Look Great on StoryPeople Prints

We've known Ralph for many years. Used to see him at shows, and you know how it is, out of sight out of mind. I always intended to have some of his work at Carolina Creations but just never got around to it until now.

I was reminded of his work last winter when we were in Florida. His frames look fabulous on our StoryPeople prints. We've been carrying Brian Andreas StoryPeople for about 8 or 9 years. So a couple weeks ago I called Ralph and told him it was about time to get some pieces from him and we would start with the frames.

Ralph has been designing and building furniture art since 1988. His pieces have been designed to blend a whimsical, creative look with utility. 

Based on traditional forms—such as Shaker, early Texas, Spanish, Colonial and Country French—and embellished with his vivid imagination, his handmade frames are functional works of art. 

Made of Ponderosa pine, they include unusual features such as innovative textures, playful illustrations, interesting borders, and bright colors. 

Each piece is painted and adorned by hand and varies slightly for a one-of-a-kind effect. Ralph is proud to run an earth friendly company, all products are finished with water base paints and lacquers, and they use all possible scrap pieces with virtually no waste. 

Ralph learned early the values of hard work and doing the job right.  As a boy, he was hauling hay, working the family garden, or building fences; as a young man, he worked cattle on ranches and was a rodeo bull-dogger. From an early age, Ralph loved to build things, such as tree houses, animal cages, and Christmas gifts. Then, as now, he used whatever materials he could easily find or afford - on a "shoestring" budget. settled down long enough to earn a degree in Building Construction from Texas State Technical Institute. 

Not only can these be used as frames but they make fabulous mirrors as well available at Carolina Creations!!


  1. Anonymous10:46 AM

    Hello! Those frames are lovely, and would look great in our colorful but rustic basement we are working on. I can't seem to find where to purchase them, or the price. Please let me know!

    Thank you for your help!

    1. hi tml

      we can take photos and post them on our website

      is there a particular size you are looking for?