How does one decide to become a picture framer? There are different routes to get there. In my case, you start off with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Masters of Science in Engineering Management and a love of Cross Stitching. An odd combination isn’t it? Maybe not such a stretch. Cross stitching involves math. I love math.
You follow that up with a lot of tools. We engineers love tools. You create a workshop that is full of woodworking tools. Table saw, band saw, jointer, planer, drill press, all the hand tools. Why stop there? Let’s go back to that love of cross stitching. You want to frame your cross stitch. So, add picture framing tools; bevel mat cutter, wall mount combination mat/glass/acrylic cutter. And now a whole new world of pneumatic tools opens up; an underpinner for joining frames, framing point driver, clamps. There is no end to the fun tools you can buy.
But it goes beyond the tools. Now you can really embrace your creative side. Matting choices open up a world of color and texture. Glazing allows you to play with optics, to combat the damaging effects of ultraviolet light. We can apply engineering concepts to mounting objects, experiment with new ways to display treasures. Finally, the creative engineer finds her happy place. Distinctive Framing.