Brunei Darussalam



In the photo industry, we tend to place much emphasis on the photographs and the photographers but hardly any credit or afterthought goes to the people behind the scene who labouriously piece together the raw materials from wood, glass and paper mounts that accentuates the photographs we capture or art pieces clients bring in.

I spent close to two weeks thinking about what to write about that would shed light on something many of us take for granted and it  wasn’t until a client who recently bought my 8-inch high by 12-feet wide Kampong Ayer panorama and a 12R print of Oriental Pied hornbills-in-flight photo and I met at Sunny’s to discuss her framing options when it dawned on me what I needed to write about—our less talked about colleagues in the business. It’s not everyday (at least not in framing outlets in the Brunei capital) you get to see your preferred woodpecker at work. Like me, Sunny works alone in his craft and has been doing so for over 20 years. Unlike me, he doesn’t have to get sunburned like I have to sometimes though it’s sunny inside! Hope you enjoy this piece 🙂

Wood strips of various measurements as raw materials in the craft business
Adhesive paper rolls add a professional finishing touch to a framed picture.
The underpinner or moulding joiner is used to join two pieces of angle cut wood strips together
Engraving machine used to engrave plastic name tags
Sunny handling a customer's large canvas piece while carrying on a conversation with Gavin
No frame too wide. The adhesive paper strips are cut to length before they're labouriously applied to the frame.
Long strips of paper have a natural tendency to curl up into objects of aesthetics.
The frame chopper where pieces of wood are cut to 45 degrees where they are joined by the Underpinner
Mr red cottoned woody woodpecker churns out well crafted frames afte frames
A better view of the underpinner in action where frames are "stamped" in place.
The wooden frames are pinned and checked for consistency
Cutting the adhesive paper to length for this rather small picture frame

12 thoughts on “FRAMED

  1. The images express love and passion for his craft, as ordinary as it may seem to be. It is like a lost art…as we get caught up in the world of technology….


  2. It’s all about gratitude to those who have been good to us, whether in service or in action. Amazing, how you managed to seek him out from his back-lane workshop. He does an honest and great job to many artists and photographers in our area.

    Again, great shots …..


  3. people are saying every picture tells a story and I can’t agree with them more while seeing Jan’s works….enjoy the images again.

    Jan, thanks for your sharing!


    1. It’s in Seria located in between Big Foot shoes (previously “BATA”) and an electrical substation. They are also behind Baiduri Bank. If you do pay him a visit let him know you discovered him through this blog 🙂


  4. I am sure the place. Used to live in Seria for almost 20 years. Thank you for the direction and I will do mention your blog.


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