Years of framing experience ... More than 15.
Strangest thing I've ever framed ... 1.) Antique dental tools, 2.) A cashew that looked like a buttocks, or 3.) Pieces of Timothy McVeigh's exploded barn.
What I love most about this job is … Seeing the huge variety of art and objects that come through and the stories and memories that go with them.
First thing I ever framed … A Howard Behrens poster.
Coolest thing I've ever framed … After 15 years, I don't think I could pick one, but I love objects the most. Civil War rifles, pieces of the Berlin Wall, swords …
Favorite frame to work with ... I love Picture Wood frames. A cabinet-maker-turned-frame-maker. His frames are clean, simple and perfect every time.
Perks of getting something custom framed … Custom framing is the cherry on top of any home. It adds so much to a house and transforms art to another level. It's one of the first things people notice in my home. "The frame is the reward of the artist." - Edgar Degas
Years of experience ... I started framing in 2002, from wholesale to assembly to installation, I have continued framing even when not working in a custom framing shop.
What I love about this job is … Getting to see all of the cool artistic people who are in Chico.
Favorite local artist … Currently, Kathryn Silvera with her skulls and flowers.
Coolest thing I've ever framed … A Yarborough knife carried by a U.S. special forces actually used in combat. We placed it in a custom-made shadow box with a glass lid. The knife itself "floated" in the box with the use of rare earth magnets. The idea was, should the officer ever need to use the knife again, he could open the lid and easily pull it out.
Favorite frame to work with … A family-owned company called Picture Woods. All hardwoods from walnut to oak to ash -- they all have flawless lengths and the quality is always above most other companies.
Coolest, unknown fun-fact about your job … Custom framing itself is an art form all it's own. I often get to let my creative juices flow while framing.
Perks to getting something custom framed … Essentially, you're creating an heirloom. By getting your piece custom framed it becomes encased in archival materials, protecting it from elements that would otherwise cause your artwork to decay with time.