Ambrosia Maple is not a separate species of Maple, but a tree that has been infested with Ambrosia beetles (note the small holes, called 'galleries'). The beetles deposit a fungus in the tree that make the hard wood edible to the insects and, luckily for us, stains the wood a myriad of beautiful colors from greens and purples to brown and jet black. Have no fear, though. The fungus and insects are completely harmless to humans and the kiln drying process completely eliminates any remaining critters in the wood.
In order for the natural coloring to shine through, this frame has the most minimal finish possible. All-natural shellac is used to seal the frame and after meticulous sanding a final coat of paste was is applied and hand-buffed to a dull sheen. It's slow and tedious process but yields a beautiful satin finish. Each frame is made to order and will vary, but all will have pronounced veining and coloring.
Every piece from my studio is designed, milled, and finished by hand in Atlanta, Georgia. Each frame comes with conservation glass and backing- as well as a hanger for walls and a stand for tables. Custom sizes or different woods are never a problem, just convo me for details.