Bringing Old Red Gum Wood to Life: Making photo frames from backyard timber

Today we have a captivating story to share with you. This Red Gum wood, hailing from the depths of Regional Victoria, carries with it a rich history of 150 to 200 years. It all began when one of our customer, Ann, approached us with a bittersweet tale. Her late husband had felled these trees and was in the process of air-drying them. Unfortunately, fate had a different plan. This is where Mulbury stepped in, ready to transform this wood into something extraordinary. Brace yourself as we unfold the inspiring story of how we crafted unique picture frames from this old red gum wood, showcasing its raw beauty.

See our video with Mulbury's owner Gerry. 


A Raw Material with a Rich Past:

The River red gum wood that found its way to Mulbury holds more than just age; it carries a connection to a personal story. These mighty trees, felled by Ann's husband, are a testament to his labour and passion. They were carefully air-dried to preserve their natural essence. Though his journey had ended, Ann sought a way to honour her late husband's legacy and breathe new life into this precious wood.

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 The Art of Transformation:

When Ann approached us with these hefty slabs of red gum wood, we recognised their immense potential. With our expertise and craftsmanship, we embarked on the journey of turning them into stunning picture frames. We carefully cut the wood, paying close attention to preserving its raw edges—a unique characteristic that adds a touch of rustic charm. These frames tell a story of resilience and beauty, encapsulating the essence of the wood and its origin.

Beauty in Imperfection:

The decision to leave the raw edge of the frames was deliberate. We believed that embracing imperfections would enhance their allure. Each frame tells a tale of nature's artistry, with knots, grains, and textures coming together in harmonious imperfection. It's these quirks that make each frame truly one-of-a-kind, carrying a distinct character that only time and nature can create. 

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 Timbers of Australian Heritage:

At Mulbury, we take immense pride in working with Australian hardwoods, and this project was no exception. The River red gum wood, native to our beautiful country, represents the strength and resilience found in Australian landscapes. By crafting these frames, we aimed to celebrate the inherent beauty of Australian timbers and showcase their unique appeal to the world.

Inspiration in Every Frame:

As we stand in awe of the finished frames, we're reminded of the transformative power of art and craftsmanship. The amalgamation of Ann's vision, her late husband's legacy, and our expertise resulted in something truly extraordinary. These frames not only preserve memories but also inspire others to cherish the inherent beauty of nature and embrace imperfections in their own lives.

Custom picture frames Australia from recycled timber 

Our photo frames are made using 100% recycled Australian wood.

  • Available in a selection of different colours and frame sizes to suit your style
  • Every frame is unique in colour and appearance. 
  • Strung both ways to hang Portrait or Landscape
  • We can deliver around the world. 
  • Frames available to purchase in-store or click and collect.
  • A great eco-friendly gift
  • Custom frames available - just get in touch and one of our friendly staff will assist. 
  • Click here to shop photo frames online in Australia

Have a question or need help? Whichever items you choose, our helpful customer service team will always look after you and provide all the information you need. 

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Transcript from video:

Good morning, this is Gerry from Mulbury. On a cold, cold Melbourne morning, so what we have here is some River red gum. It's from Regional Victoria. It's around about 150 to 200 years old. These trees were felled by one of our customers and, unfortunately, her husband. And he was air-drying it and everything. Unfortunately, he passed away. So Ann brought him in here, said, "What can you do with these?" And so we, they're very big slabs, so we cut them down and we turned them into these frames showing this beautiful raw edge. So she brought it in here, and we cut them up, and she just wanted some frames made. And so we left the raw edge, basically, and it's just absolutely beautiful. I mean, it's just such a pleasure to look with these timbers in a beautiful Aussie hardwood. Timbers. So yeah, that's what we can do for people.

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