Ripple and Wave
This style of frame is instantly recognizable as a Dutch Ripple frame due to their use by the Dutch painters in the 16th and 17th century but the machines originated in Germany most probably Nuremberg and came to be known as the Flammleisten or flame moulding.
The machine we have built uses the same technique as the early 17th Century models and scrapes the timber in multiple passes over the wood. Swiss Pear is the best timber for this process.
Once the frame has been assembled a special mix of black ebonised polish is laid on and sanded between each coat with most frames needing up to 20 coats to get a glass-like finish.
Having this machine and understanding the frame styles, accurate replicas can be made to any size.