These frames are handmade out of true hardwoods and feature half lap cornering. The corners are far superior in strength than traditional 45 degree corners. The corners can also be pegged with various hardwood dowels. The dowels add to the aesthetics of the frame, while helping to minimize natural expansion and contraction. The frames will eventually mature into an antique. We use a variety of woods such as Walnut, Hickory, Bloodwood, Jatoba, Purpleheart etc. We can also work with a wood of your choosing to match your decor.