+ little repair job =
Here is how I deal with the damage:
Using this wood filler by Minwax, I filled the voids and worked the filler until it resembled the general form of the ornamentation. This filler dries very hard and durable, but you have to work quickly since a hardener added to it causes it to set up in 1-2 minutes. Once it was dry, I went to work with an ice pick, sandpaper, emery boards, etc., to shape the dried filler to resemble the ornamentation on the opposite side of the frame. Now, I am not an artist, sculptor, nor woodworker. In fact, if you look very closely, I did not do the greatest job - but it's good enough! Now that the frame is painted, no one but me can really tell that the frame had ever been damaged.
So, the frame isn't perfect -