Knotty and Nice: Reclaimed Wood Frames

Urban Ashes Frame Collection

Urban Ashes Frame Collection

We pride ourselves on our large selection of elegant, Italian-made frames. But sometimes, something a little different is called for. Like the Urban Ashes line of frames made in Detroit, Michigan.

Urban Ashes is the brainchild of furniture designer Paul Hickman, who in 2008 noticed a great deal of homes and trees falling victim to blight - both the urban blight of depressed Detroit and the blight of the Emerald Ash Borer bug wreaking havoc on local trees. Inspired  to create a product that would utilize the multitude of waste trees and lumber in his community, Paul created these beautiful frames.

Knotty and nice!

Knotty and nice!

The collection features frames made from Ash trees felled by the Emerald Ash Borer beetle, as well as various other hardwoods like cherry, walnut, maple, and pine that for one reason or another would normally be discarded as waste wood. We’re particularly excited by the frames made from timber reclaimed from old Detroit homes and buildings. Each frame has unique characteristics like knots and nail holes that speak to the history and former purpose of the wood. All the frames are assembled from pieces chosen for character and finished with hand-rubbed, petroleum-free finishes.

A ketubah framed with an Urban Ashes knotty pine.

A ketubah framed with an Urban Ashes knotty pine.

Come in to see the selection and frame your special something with a locally-sourced, hand-made reclaimed product. To learn more about Urban Ashes, check out this news story.