Thanks for your kind responses. Sorry for the late reply, I somehow missed this.
Leanne, I used a water based dye, wiped off very quickly to bring out the rough grain. I then finished it with a couple of coats of Tried and True varnish oil. (one of my favourite finishes.) The clipped corners were serendipitous. I cut one side a little too short and so did the same on the rest of the pieces. I’m quite please with the effect.
The print is one of the ones I am most proud of.
Matt, I used 1/4 inch wide mortises, and was very careful as I e=pected to split the upright piece if I got too aggressive. I made them 3/4 inch deep. The real challenge was the stopped rebate on the vertical pieces. I’m sure there’s an easy way to do that by hand, but i ended up using a tailed router.
I’ve added another frame. My wife asked me to reframe the watercolour as she didn’t like the metal frame. I think the quarter sawn oak works quite well.
"New York is big, but this is Biggar"