The art here is unexpected because it's not only inside the frame, but is the frame itself.

This frame is handmade from redwood, barn wood, pine and cedar, and is accented with barbed wire, copper and leather.

Artist Gary Burkhardsmeier likes to create art around other works of art.

"I like to have the picture and build around it," he said. 

Burkhardsmeier has dabbled in woodworking most of his life and recently decided to do it full-time after retiring as a dirt contractor and fighting through prostate cancer. "I felt better and decided to do good, feel good, and make a lot of sawdust," he said.

This is his second year displaying his pieces at the Black Hills Stock Show. He works out of his shop at home and sells his works at rusticwoodcreations.org.

Contact Jennifer Naylor Gesick at 394-8415 or jennifer.naylorgesick@rapidcityjournal.com.

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