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Fletcher Man09/06/2012 - 1:00 PM
Funny, isn't it? How you get preconceived ideas? Then those preconceptions drift out of the window as practical considerations take precedence.
When I first started doing mounts and framing, I started small. I had lots to learn and wasn't entirely sure that I wanted to do anything other than frame some of my own photographs.
So, there was no point in spending 'big-bucks'.
A Logan £80 mat cutter. Hand fitted framing. A small overhand mitre wedge joiner. That was it.
As Io got into the framing, my hankering was towards owning a Keencut Ultimat Gold mat cutter. It looked the dogs-biscuits. It was visually appealing ~ all adonized aluminium, gold lines and black parts.
And it was English. Made in Corby, only a few miles away from where I presently live.
It was also inordinately expensive.
£1000 to cut a square or rectangular hole in a piece of card (mat board)
I had already purchased a second hand Morso mitre guillotine.
And, if you have followed some of my blogs you will know that I acquired a Morso pneumatic underpinner for 'peanuts'.
Also, if you have followed some of my blogs, you will be aware that I also acquired a Fletcher 2100 mat cutter, for a variety of services rendered. (don't be cheeky)
You may also have seen one of my uploads, showing the 2100.
Not the glittery gold and black, adonized offering of Keencut; and American; but at least adonized aluminium and black. (what does the absence of a bit of gold matter, between friends ?)
You will also have noted that I repaired and serviced a Keencut Rondo oval mat cutter.
And having done so, I perceived my need of a piece of equipment that is capable of producing circles and ellipses in mat board, with corresponding 'v' grooves, double mounts, inlays etc. And in addition cuts circles and ellipses in glass.
When I returned the Rondo to its grateful owner, he made the observation that such machines were now virtually obsolete, following the advent of CMC machines and are worthless in terms of resale.
Having done some test pieces on the Rondo to ensure that it functioned as would be anticipated, I understood his point, and was admittedly slightly bemused that the company which produced the Ultimat Gold could also be responsible for such a 'heath-robinson' affair as the Rondo.
It couldn't cut 'v' grooves: nor double mounts or inlays. And it ruined the fallout, due to its need to 'track'.
Admittedly, the Rondo was produced many years prior to the inception of the Ultimat and its Gold successor.
However, I have just purchased a Fletcher 1100 oval mat cutter. And this one is a different beast altogether.
It takes a lot more effort to set up, but when it is correctly set it will produce some superb work, without destroying the fall-outs in the process.
The 1100 is the Ultimat Gold of manual (non CMC) oval mat cutters.
I'm going to Norwich to collect it next Friday (the 15th)
I have some photos of it which I'll upload onto the Gallery to go alongside the 2100.
From now on, just call me Fletcher-Foreman.
I've always wanted a double-barrel name
And the framing is booming.
I've even sold some of my photographs (mounted & framed, of course)
I have canvases to stretch and frame.
I have fine art drawings to mount and frame.
I'm beginning to feel distinctly 'arty-farty'.