Chestnut Poster and Frame

A discussion with Sara Fitzsimmons got me thinking about creating this poster and frame. I'd been thinking about this for some time and had been limited by the ability to actually get the chestnut wood for the frame. Sara suggested she might be able to help find someone that would be willing to donate the wood … donations of this sort are always appreciated. To better provide her with some “vision” of the idea I decided to use Sketchup to create the design and video. It took several hours (I considered it training) but as the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” The Frame is designed of 1.25 inches by 2.75 inches American chestnut. Frames stand 68 inches tall, and would be joined by either knife-hinges mounted top and bottom, or double-acting hinges mounted to style edges. Posters would be mounted front and back on foam or plywood panels, and would slide in from the top so that they could be readily updated.

After creating the model, I was able to animate the model in Google Sketchup. Click on this link to see the Youtube animation video which is of decidely mediocre quality. A better quality rendering of the animation can be seen in this site hosted Avi quality video [5mb] which gives a better idea of the integration of poster and frame.

Sketchup also allows the exporting of photo realistic jpeg images. Click on any of the images below to see a higher resolution version.

Series of images taken from Google Sketchup of frame rendering. Images taken by Bill Adamsen
Click on images for larger view. Each poster is 22 inches wide by 34 inches tall. They were created in Adobe InDesign or Macromedia Freehand. The jpegs and pngs were exports from those programs. The Frame is designed of 1.25 inches by 2.75 inches American chestnut. Frames stand 68 inches tall, and would be joined by either knife-hinges mounted top and bottom, or double-acting hinges mounted to style edges.

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Bill Adamsen

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Bill Adamsen is a member of the CT Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) Board of Directors. He served as Chapter President for eight years.

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