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Moulding Newsletter May 2011

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Glorious Knots – revealing a rare source for artsy images…

When it comes to ordering moulding, does the following request sound familiar: “One-hundred feet of clean, straight sticks…no knots”? We understand, as our customers are hard at work making picture frames, furniture, or are adding our moulding to the interior or exterior of their home – knots would simply distract from the overall clean flow of the design in mind. For 89 years, Foster Planing Mill has taken great pride in our wood product’s quality, along with our commitment to cut out all imperfections (knots included), so that our customers can use every single foot supplied in their order. From what we hear, this seems to be a rarity these days & we enjoy being a one-of-a-kind company dedicated to offering this type of quality and service to our customers.

We certainly see our fair share of wood here at FPM, and as mentioned in a previous newsletter, a professionally trained eye is part of our moulding process. We look at every piece of wood as it comes through the moulding machine – sometimes during the milling process, imperfections under the wood’s surface become exposed, such as knots. So what happens to these nasty knots that nobody seems to want?

Let us sidetrack for a moment to discuss imperfections – when something isn’t perfect, this gives us an opportunity, with our creative minds, to look at an item a little differently. After all, aren’t imperfections where character lies and intrigue unfolds? Sometimes imperfections can be a blessing in disguise, especially when they occur naturally – just as some of the world’s most acclaimed works of art have occurred… simply by accident. What may have been identified as faults or defects, actually turn out to entail the characteristics which make a particular item unique, and therefore recognizable to the viewer’s eye.

Flash back to knots – well, the typical outcome for these cut-out imperfections is a date with the waste bin, however, once in awhile there is something more that is noticed by our trained eyes hard at work. An image can seem to appear and capture our attention so intensely that it’s impossible to simply toss the cut-out wood piece aside. Art… unplanned art, from a natural imperfection (so to speak), was just created through the milling process! Imagine the variety of images which may have been exposed if the lumber had been cut at different widths or angles….hmmm.

No, we’re not suggesting that you place your future orders with demands to keep the knots in, however, if by chance a knot happens to go unnoticed and slips through inspection, perhaps you can now look at it differently and discover a natural work of art within the so-called defect, just as we have. After stumbling across countless numbers of these playful impressions over time, we decided to use this month’s issue to share with you some of the artsy images that have captured our attention (which are now part of a rare collection here at FPM). As the month of May is dedicated to honoring mothers, we would like pay homage to Mother Nature for finding yet another inventive way to create natural art for us to enjoy!

The Lioness

Diving Whale

Friendly Bear

If you have some artistic knot images of your own to share, we would love to see them – please post them on the Foster Planing Mill Blog under the section titled “Glorious Knots”.

Moulding Newsletter june 2011

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Wrap It Up

Amongst the vast possibilities for what to do with unfinished moulding, has using fabric as an enhancement ever crossed your mind? Fabric wrapped liners are undeniably a unique solution for making framed art more alluring, and can add that unique hint of custom panache that will make your framing efforts stand high above the rest. Fabrics can add depth, texture, style, culture, character, etc. when used in conjunction with art if you have not yet tried incorporating fabric wrapping into your practices, let Foster Planing Mill be the first to help you discover this exquisite and in-demand side of custom framing.

A common, safe, & conservative fabric to use is linen, however, why limit yourself? We opt to go for it and encourage our readers to consider and explore some different types of fabrics (ie: you won’t regret playing around with suede)

A product named “Fabrimount” has been recommended by one of the professionals we spoke with, so our suggestion would be to use anything that would work with this type of adhesive

We have also seen this product in action with our liners, and it really does work well.
when using Fabrimount, avoid fabrics so thin, whereas this particular adhesive will bleed through. If you decide to opt for a thinner or sheer fabric, then a spray type of adhesive would be your best bet. Please share any other suggestions you may have on the Foster Blog so were all up to speed with what works best.

Once you have your selected unfinished liner moulding, fabric, Fabrimount, small foam paint roller, paint tray, razor blade, scissors, & cutting mat, the next decision is if you want to wrap the four sides individually to show a seam in each of the mitered corners, or did you want a seamless look? Here’s the difference: when a liner is end-wrapped to display seams, the moulding is first chopped to size, then each of the 4 sides (including the mitered ends) are individually wrapped with fabric. Next, the 4 individually wrapped sides are joined together, creating an assembled liner with seams. When desiring the seamless look, the moulding is chopped to size and joined while still unfinished. A single piece of fabric is then placed over the top face of the assembled liner and wrapped, just like a wrapped mat.

When fabric wrapping liners, there is no need to cover the sides of the liners, as this area will be enclosed by the frame. Stick with putting the adhesive and fabric on the top of the moulding, around the stem, and to the under-side across the rabbet width. After applying the adhesive and securing the fabric, use the razor blade to trim the excess fabric from each of the liner sides, the under-side of the rabbet width, and to cut into the center fabric corners if performing the seamless look. Use the scissors to cut out the large center area of fabric if creating the seamless look, and to also cut around the mitered, wrapped corners if end-wrapping (these corners usually have some shape to them and require a little more finesse than a straight razor cut).

Moulding Monthly Newsletter September 2011

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When building picture frames, many customers call in and place orders for us to cut their moulding with mitered corners (aka chops). This means that all sides of the destined frame are cut at a 45 degree angle. When the sides are joined, 90 degree angles are formed to create four perfectly-squared corners for a picture frame. This information is nothing new with most of our readers, however, the following information could be something fresh to consider – were you aware there are actually four different ways to order chops, and that three out of the four ways could be considered “EXACT”?

Rabbet Size (with allowance)

Using the rabbet depth line as a destination point (plus a little allowance), this is where the artwork should hit with a little extra room. Allowing 1/8″ allowance is the standard, but you may want to clarify if you would like more or less of an allowance at the time of placing the order. We’ve heard of 1/16″ up to 1/4″ allowance – this all depends on each individual’s project.

Rabbet Size(EXACT – without allowance)

Using the rabbet depth line as a destination point, this is where the artwork should hit exactly – no allowance.

Outside Dimensions (EXACT)

Pretend the frame has already been put together, and the work of art has been placed inside the finished frame. This measurement takes into account the size of the artwork, plus the selected frame width. The requested measurements represent the size of the overall finished project – needless to say, using the projected outside perimeter of the frame as a guideline. Reasons may vary for ordering chops using outside dimensions (ie: this may be the inside portion of a frame combination or perhaps the designer is working backwards using measurements from a particular-sized space).

Sight Size (EXACT)

When using sight size measurements, the size requested is the size of the artwork image to be seen by the viewer, after the framing has been completed. This measurement uses the lip of the picture frame moulding as a guideline. The lip is not labeled on the diagram below, however it looks like the nose of the moulding (locate the line resembling the tip of the nose – right above the rabbet depth line, running vertically).

To order chops, simply call, fax, or
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nline Order Form

. If you would like to share your thoughts regarding ordering chops, feel free to post your questions or comments on the
Foster Planing Mill Blog under the section relating to this particular newsletter.

Moulding Newsletter December 2011

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Must-Attend Workshops

The infamous West Coast Art & Framing Show (WCAF 2012) is just around the corner… this time at the Mirage Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. If you have never been to this event, then contemplate going if you are planning to be or are already involved in the art and framing industry. Last year, we outlined various benefits for attending the show we don’t want to repeat ourselves, so to recap the information from last year’s write-up, please visit our newsletters archive, located on our website under the Monthly Newsletters tab (Click Here for a shortcut, then scroll down to the January 2011 edition).

Aside from all the listed fundamental benefits, we would like to draw attention to the workshops offered at the show collectively, these workshops are referred to as the National Conference and give rise to many essential key elements for achieving and maintaining success within the art and framing industry. This is a valuable opportunity to meet and learn from the go to people in the business, and there is a wealth of information to take away from these workshops; now is the time to enroll. Foster Planing Mill will be sponsoring several workshops this year, which all pertain to using unfinished moulding:
H618 Contemporary Gilding

Creating Custom Finishes on Wood
M298 The Twenty Greatest Frames of All Time
The Fine Art of Toning Gilded Frames

Visit the WCAF 2012 website
for a full list of available classes, along with course descriptions and prices (HInt: these workshops fill up quickly, so book them while you have a chance). The tradeshow dates are from January 30, 2012 thru February 1, 2012, and the National Conference dates are from January 29, 2012 thru February 1, 2012. The Mirage Resort & Casino, where both the tradeshow and conference will be held, offers a room discount for those planning to stay at the hotel and attend the show (visit the Hotel and Travel page on the WCAF website for further details).

For those who feel that the winter is their slow time of the season, this is the perfect occasion to use that down time in a constructive way. For those who feel that business never slows down, while you make the rest of us feel jealous, don’t forget to carve some time out to make some new contacts and gain a fresh perspective on developed techniques it could take your business from good-to-great, and remember that most (if not all) practices could use a little polishing. Please stop by and visit us in booth #529, so we can meet you in person. We’re currently trying to get Bob, our President, to dress as an Elvis impersonator for the show, but have only talked him into wearing the sideburns so far – thank you, thank you very much!

Please visit us on the Foster Blog to discuss WCAF 2012 details, including plans to attend the tradeshow, workshops, etc., and we’ll look forward to seeing you there!

Foster Planing Mill
1258 W. 58th St. Los Angeles, CA 90037
Tel: (323) 759-9156 Fax: (323) 758-4071
Mon – Fri 8:00am – 3:30pm

Foster Planing Mill turns 90!

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Foster Planing Mill turns 90!

Gosh, do we really look that old? Hopefully not, but we have certainly come a long way while happily serving the public nationwide, since 1922. Maintaining our superior quality standards over the years has been a constant effort, along with keeping our products affordable for everyone ranging from the occasional hobbyist to the mass producer. Furthermore, we are both delighted and honored to be connected with you, as the main source for your unfinished wood moulding and stretcher bar needs; we can only hope that our customer relationships grow even stronger as time progresses. With all this said, we plan to kickoff our 90 year celebration at the upcoming West Coast Art & Frame Show (WCAF 2012), at the Mirage Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. This major event will take place from Monday, January 30th thru Wednesday, February 1st, and those who attend and stop by to say hello will see we have a few surprises up our sleeve to commemorate our 90 year anniversary.

As a reminder, it is not too late to register and make plans to come and be a part of this valuable opportunity designed for networking, information sharing, idea generation, hands-on experience, etc. Our December newsletter recapped the importance of going to this annual tradeshow put on by Picture Framing Magazine, and had also mentioned a number of essential workshops (referred to as the National Conference) that will be offered to attendees. The National Conference workshops were created by the masters of their trade to help others realize and learn new techniques, to brush up on and/or further develop existing practices, and for professionals, as well as newbies, to obtain and share information. The good news is there is still time to enroll in a number of the offfered workshops, however, space is limited, so needless to say that time is of the essence. We have had a tremendous amount of feedback since last months newsletter went out, so we expect and are excited to see a large number of you there.

Foster Planing Mill will be in booth #529, ready to: talk about our moulding, stretcher bars, and custom milling, answer questions, and take orders, as well as sample requests. We will have a raffle drawing each day to win a custom set of standard-size 2 stretcher bars, along with the unveiling of our new catalogue (which will include 6 new profiles we know you will be ecstatic about). The launching of our new moulding finishing kits for beginners will also take place, and with the commotion of the show as our backdrop, we will also be in the midst of creating a Happy 90th Anniversary video, so that those who stop by can personally extend warm wishes and share feelings and experiences about the Foster Planing Mill Company (that is, if they wish to participate).

As a well-established, seasoned organization, at this point in time, we would like to note that we: have never felt stronger as a company, still embrace the ability to handhold our customers and personalize orders, enjoy our work, and would like to thank you for allowing us to serve you for last 90 years. It is an ongoing pleasure to do business and build relationships with our customers, and here is looking to the future for another 90+ years ahead – cheers!

Feel free to visit the Foster blog to post a Happy 90th Anniversary message, and to share any personal experience(s) you’ve enjoyed with Foster Planing Mill throughout the years

Foster Planing Mill
1258 W. 58th St. Los Angeles, CA 90037
Tel: (323) 759-9156 Fax: (323) 758-4071
Mon – Fri 8:00am – 3:30pm

Moulding Newsletter

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September 2012

Beginning with a finish…

As the summer draws to a close, we wanted to take this month’s issue to discuss a topic we get asked a lot about – f i n i s h e s. Everything that leaves our facility is raw/unfinished, and so we are clearly the experts at calculating and milling the precise shape of moulding profiles. However, exactly what you guys do with it as soon as it gets into your hands… ummm (shrug)…heck, we dunno. We are always appreciative when a customer sends us pictures of the final results of a project – but how exactly was that look created, and which products were used on our once bare, untainted moulding? One expression flowing though our minds is that the possibilities are endless when it comes to working with unfinished moulding: distressing, carving, painting, staining, fabric wrapping, gilding, etc (and not to mention, using a combination of possibilities). After considering all the different directions one could go, we decided that our inquiring clients should have some answers at their very fingertips. After hours of speaking with our talented, seasoned custom finishers, we decided to gather the best of the best product ideas our experts offered as their personal recommendations. We then evaluated, simplified, and diversified the selection, and put everything into one affordable kit. Our “Finishing Kits for Beginners” are available at this time for $49.95, and we have had a lot of positive feedback about the quality of products, ease of use, and the terrific results that can be achieved from either using the products on their own, or combining them for a particular look. Of course, several free, two-foot moulding samples are included, which you personally select after perusing our extensive catalogue (over 200 different moulding profiles are available to choose from).

Our clientele ranges from the novice to the expert – these kits are a great idea for anyone looking to experiment with some new products. We have also found our kits make a wonderful gift for the following: someone freshly introduced to the industry, someone who is a little stuck in their ways and wants to try out several new products without investing in large-sized containers, someone who needs a little more practice with their techniques, and/or someone who just likes to play with creative items and/or kits in general. As always, we are looking to support and inspire those who have connected with us over the years. If you have questions, we will always do our best to find answers and offer solutions, just as we have with our latest mentioned product.

kit items include: sandpaper, wood stain, 2 water-based colored stains (resembles paint), wax finish, clear coat finish, metallic paste, eco-friendly thinner, universal brush, foam brush, sponge, gloves, buffing cloths, detail ruler, a canvas bag, and several 2’ moulding samples (your choice).

As always, we look forward to hearing from you and helping your business grow with our products and ideas. Please visit our Blog for discussions and comments, and thank you for 90 years and counting!

Foster Planing Mill 1258 W. 58th St. Los Angeles, CA 90037

Tel: (323) 759-9156 Fax: (323) 758-4071

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Custom Wood Mouldings & Wholesale Unfinished Mouldings

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Foster Planing Mill specializes in milling custom mouldings, as well as stock mouldings with all types of unfinished wood such as: bass, maple, ash, oak, european beech, cherry, sapele (mahogany alternative), walnut, padauk, & purpleheart.

We have a tremendous following of loyal customers across the country who enjoy the warm-hearted feel of a family owned business, paired with expert quality and precision. Our standards are high and our customers appreciate not having to pay a fortune for the type of quality we produce.

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