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Driftwood picture frames

A piece of Spitsbergen on the wall!

  * Currently sold out!

The small number of driftwood picture frames that we had available in November 2017 was quickly sold out. We will make sure that we will get more, but that will take some time.

Spitsbergen driftwood picture frame

If you have been to Spitsbergen, then you have seen the amazingly large amounts of driftwood on many beaches. Most of it is from Siberia. It took the same voyage as Fridtjof Nansen’s famous ship Fram, drifting with the ice across the Arctic Ocean. Every year, there is more driftwood coming this way, both man-made boards and cut trees or sometimes huts that had fallen into a river or ship wrecks. A lot of wood from Siberian forestry gets lost when it is flooded down the large rivers. Some of it ends up here, on Spitsbergen’s coastlines.

Treibholz bei Wigdehlpynten - Spitzbergen

Driftwood at Wigdehlpynten – Woodfjord, Spitsbergen

It is a nearby thought to use the driftwood as a resource. Trappers used it sometimes to built their huts (but mostly, they used ready-made materials imported from the mainland) and commonly for heating.

In the 1970s, there was even a lumbermill in Hiorthhamn, opposite of Longyearbyen, to produce timber commercially from driftwood. It was, however, not a great success.

Treibholz Hiorthhamn - Spitzbergen

Rolf Stange during transportation of driftwood from Hiorthhamn to Longyearbyen (2015).

I had had the idea to use this driftwood for something special for a long time.

All driftwood picture frames of the 2017 series in one gallery

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When the opportunity is there, I collect a few suitable pieces on my voyages around Svalbard and I take them with me to Longyearbyen, where they have to be stored and dried slowly over a long period of time until they are ready for any kind of production. This is taken care of by Wolfgang Zach, a friend and master carpenter who lives in Longyearbyen. In his experienced hands, the raw driftwood is going through a metamorphosis to become a beautiful picture frame.

Wolfgang Zach: Treibholztransport - Spitzbergen

Master carpenter Wolfgang Zach transporting driftwood to Longyearbyen.

It was important for us that the final product reflects the origin of the material. We found out quickly that, if you cut and sand the wood, it looks like new. That may be a good thing for some purposes, but obviously not what we wanted in this case. With a picture frame made from Spitsbergen-driftwood, you want to be able to see what it actually is!

Photo gallery driftwood

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In the end, we had the first series of 16 picture frames ready, which took the long voyage to Europe on board the sailing ship Antigua.

Spitsbergen-driftwood for picture frames

A long trip, from a Siberian forest across the Arctic Ocean to a remote beach in Spitsbergen, to Wolfgang’s carpenter’s shop in Longyearbyen and finally to Europe, to our shipping department in northeastern Germany!

I started collecting the first pieces of driftwood for this project in 2014, and the first series of 16 picture frames is now, in November 2017, available. They are the very first ones made this way which are now available here (or anywhere else, for that sake) apart from a very few private orders locally in Longyearbyen during the process of making early prototypes).

The wood for all picture frames is exclusively driftwood that I have collected myself in Spitsbergen. I have taken it to Longyearbyen, where it was used to produce picture frames by master carpenter Wolfgang Zach (Alt i 3). Exporting driftwood or any product made from it requires a permission from the Sysselmannen, something that we have also aquired.

All 16 frames follow the same design and they have the same size, which may, however, vary by a few millimetres due to the natural raw mateiral and the manual production. The back side was sanded, the front side is natural, as it was produced by saltwater, ice, waves, wind, sand and light.

picture frame made of driftwood - a piece of driftwood on the wall

Every picture frame is a unique specimen, so I have photographed all of them individually with three photos each: one from the front with a number on a piece of paper (also manually made, the number … but not necessarily a piece of art) and a folding rule for scale. Then two more photos, without any other distracting items, from the front and the back, respectively.

Driftwood picture frame 01   * SOLD

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Driftwood picture frame 02   * SOLD

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Driftwood picture frame 03   * SOLD

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Driftwood picture frame 04   * SOLD

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Driftwood picture frame 05   * SOLD

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Driftwood picture frame 06   * SOLD

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Driftwood picture frame 07   * SOLD

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Driftwood picture frame 08   * SOLD

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Driftwood picture frame 09   * SOLD

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Driftwood picture frame 10   * SOLD

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Driftwood picture frame 11   * SOLD

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Driftwood picture frame 12   * SOLD

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Driftwood picture frame 13   * SOLD

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Driftwood picture frame 14   * SOLD

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Driftwood picture frame 15   * SOLD

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The dimensions:

Outside: 39.7 x 29.8 cm = 15.6 x 11.7 inch
Inside (front; this is the size of the visible picture): 28.3 x 18.5 cm = 11.1 x 7.3 inch
Inside (back; this is where you can insert the picture): 30.6 x 20.8 cm = 12.1 x 8.2 inch

Scope of delivery:

The delivery includes the picture frame without picture, cover glass and rear wall. There is a wide choice of all these components readily available on the market, so we thought you might prefer making your own choice rather than buying what we supply. Of course, if you decide that you would like any photo that you see on this website, then we will be happy to supply the image file.

The price:

The price is 150 Euro plus VAT as applicable and shipping if the shipping address is not in Germany.

Shipping costs:

Germany – free of charge
EU countries – 8 Euro
Switzerland – 20 Euro
Other countries – on request

If you put the number of the picture frame (see individual galleries above) into the comment field during the ordering process, then you will get exactly this frame – while stocks last, obviously. We will try to keep the galleries updated as frames are sold, but should you order a frame that is actually already sold, then we wil get in touch. If you don’t put a number into the comment field, then we are happy to select a picture frame for you. They are all slightly different, but on the other hand, they are all equally beautiful!

  * Currently sold out!

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last modification: 2017-11-26 · copyright: Rolf Stange
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