Certified Picture Framer
by Jeff Norman
After a moment’s glace around the showroom, Sarah said, “This is a REAL frame shop!” “Indeed, it is,” I replied. I am always delighted to see and hear those expressions of pleasant surprise about our little hidden gem of a shop. Off the beaten path, I knew that when co-owner Scott Watkins and I decided to open our doors as a home-based business, that we would need to exceed all expectations of those who sought us out. How do we exceed expectations?
First, I am the only Certified Picture Framer (CPF) in the area, a certification that represents over 20 years of experience and extensive testing and training of conservation and preservation techniques. Awarded by the international Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA), this certification is important when items of value must be preserved and displayed properly. For example, I recently framed several artifacts that had gone to the moon and back on an Apollo mission, a project that required a framer with a CPF designation.
Secondly, when entering the showroom, we display about 500 framing samples which is about average for many shops. It is only when you step through another door that we anticipate the “WOW” moment where an additional 2500+ frames are waiting to greet you. As one customer said, “If they don’t have it, it doesn’t exist!” The same is true of our glass, mats and backing samples, as well.
Thirdly, we are one of the few shops that own a Computerized Mat Cutter (CMC). This machine allows us to reach levels of creativity and precision that simply cannot be achieved any other way.
Our services also include frame and photo restoration, frame repairs, glass replacement, photo collage, large-format printing on paper or canvas (giclee), and canvas stretching.
Please visit our website, FranklinPictureFraming.com to read reviews, view our work, and find directions to the shop. We are located at 90 Prentiss View Dr, Franklin, NC. Open Monday – Friday, 10–5 and Saturday by appointment (828) 524-9525.