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Craftsman frames were made from oak, mahogany and other readily available woods. Oak was popular for the California missions due to it's strength and it's local abundance. They had pious simple tastes, simple tools and therefore kept simple lines. The Craftsman magazine, by Gustav Stickley, emulated the mission period and drew upon oak's continued affordable abundance and it's simple lines which were easy for a local home craftsman to produce.

Period craftsman frames, because most are good solid wood, can be spruced up easily with a new coat of shellac and a hand rubbed wax finish.  They can be the perfect frame to put on your period print or watercolor.