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The blog of Mark Hutchins, owner and operator of HangFire Framing and Design.

Cast Metal Sign Letter

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The Burt’s bought a “B” and brought it to me I mounted it on a backdrop thru which one can see The glass that I chose was rippled and wavy Like combed mashed potatoes with invisible gravy I built them

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Gram Parsons linoleum cut print by Chris Minor

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My long time buddy and ex brother in law, Chris Minor, decided to be an artist well into the game of life and as it turns out a damn fine one ! He’s working on a brilliant series of skeletonized

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Will The Blue Circles Be Unbroken

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This is a piece I created for my dad’s 80th birthday. It’s an artistic direction that I was interested to go in but usually got detoured along the way. Nothing like a solid deadline to force completion of a project.

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Bob Dylan

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This is an original poster from Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits LP. The moulding I chose to frame it with (actually I stacked two but I’m referring to the large swirly top one here) was texturally and thematically perfect but the

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Vic Chesnutt / Elf Power

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This piece hangs in my living room. Vic was a friend of mine who I miss very much. The last couple times he played Seattle I missed his shows and deeply regret it. I had no way of knowing that

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French Cafe Painting

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A client brought in a painting that he had purchased while visiting France. We looked at a lot of options as to which moulding I would build the frame out of. The one we chose was by far the edgiest

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Does Anyone Know Where I Can Get A Nehru Jacket To Match This Amp ?

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I nicked the guts for this unique cabinet from a Velocette amplifier. It’s 15 watts of BIG sound and sports only volume and tone knobs to shape the sound as well as a brightness switch. Not much to fuss with

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I Always Wanted An Amp That Looked Like This (So I Built the Cabinet Myself)

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I found the green faux hand tooled leather material that I used on this cabinet a few years before I did anything with it. I loved it and knew that I was going to make something that was really bad

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The Dance

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This piece represents the complexity of relationships. There’s passion, twists and so many different ways of looking at the same thing. There’s also the ever looming potential for the inevitable snag. The shadow box is in this case more of

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Does Every Broken Heart Have A Silver Lining

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Effects Pedal Board

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This effects pedal board was custom designed to accommodate the pictured pedals. The patch cables go in and out of portals in the deck.

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Hand-cut Mats

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HangFire specializes in hand-cut mats which echo elements in the art they frame. Here’s a small selection of highlights; find more in the full gallery.

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Pop Art Dual Guitar Hanger

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HangFire’s version of wall mounted guitar hanging system. Pure pop art for now guitarists.

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Maple Leaf Art Walk

HangFire will be participating in the first Maple Leaf Art Walk on Friday, May 11, from 6 to 9pm, featuring the art of Chris Minor.

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Midnight Pirate Guitar Display Case

Midnight Pirate's new home

This project was designed and executed as an entry in Direct Moulding’s 2011 framing contest where it won the grand prize. The guitar is a replica of the Tony Zamaitas hand crafted guitar used by Ronnie Wood in the Faces

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Brush Life: Paintings by Ethan Jack Harrington

Brush Life at HangFire

HangFire Presents: “Brush Life” Paintings by Ethan Jack Harrington Friday, July 29 HangFire Design 9211 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle Featuring live music in the “Brush Fire Lounge” 6 – 11 PM Show runs through August, 2011

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Two Katz & A Toaster: The Art Show

Rob Morgan, 2001, acrylic on canvas, 30" x 36"

An all-new series of paintings of his semi-legendary cartoon characters by ROB MORGAN April 15th through May 14th, 2011 Opening reception/party: April 15th, 6pm HangFire Design & Framing 9211 Roosevelt Way Northeast Seattle, Washington (206) 392-0047 More info: facebook.com/2KAAT

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Juxtapoz Magazine write-up

Juxtapoz Magazine #44

Freeze Frame Time to take down those basketball posters, beer signs, and African masks, guys. Hangfire Framing is ready to deliver you to styly, artsy bliss in one quick-‘n’-easy step. Sure, you can go the cheapo route and buy a

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HangFire Video!

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Ethan Jack Harrington made this video tour of the HangFire shop. It’s awesome!

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The Devil didn’t make me do it. The art work did.

Red Devil

The figures cloven hoof in this piece seems to have ignited hand carved flames in the suede mat that surrounds it.

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Hang Fire

The Rolling Stones, live in Seattle, 1981:

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Inlays: Another HangFire Innovation

Whiskey Town poster

While stacking mouldings is an effective way to create a frame perfectly suited to a particular piece, in some cases stacking is not the best way to combine different mouldings. We have created a new method for combining mouldings where

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Whiskey Town poster