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Age

Jeff Rodier

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
I'm 48 and started framing in 1979.
 

Dave

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
One of our framers on staff is 22 years old. He's been on board for three years. His primary responsibility is wrapping fabric liners... seamless.

We figured up how many liners he has wrapped in the last three years... about 8000!!!

I kid you not!

Most everything we frame for consignment to other galleries has at least a single seamless liner... many have double wrapped liners... often with double fillets too.

This "kid" rocks!!!
 

Dave

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
I should have mentioned that IO am 64 and framing since 1969. Plan on retiring when I am 75 or so.

About a year before that I will seek a young framer to move to Buffalo, assist me in my dotage and then I will give them the place, lock, stock and Keeton Kutter.
Hey Mar! I'm still a young Buck!

Buffalo is a nice town.

:D
 

Dave

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
44, started framing at 18. Can't seem to get my kids interested at all though!
Maureen... do you have a CMC? They might latch on to that!

Kid's are so techno based. Sad for our industry. Hopefully as they age they will understand their history and appreciate their past.
 

Grey Owl

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
54 and framing for over 24. My how the time flies when we're having fun!
Wow, you certainly look and act much younger. And you can hold your margaritas and eat your Mexican food like most 30 year olds.

For me, I will be celebrating my 25th anniversary of my 43rd birthday next February.

As my mother-in-law's doctor says "You have to be tough to get to be old,"
 

shayla

WOW Framer
Happy Anniversay, John of the Nines! :thumbsup:

I'm 44, and have worked in frame shops since February
of 1992. Was at the first one for seven years, and this
one for eleven. So poor that I'll miss my own funeral
because I'll still be at work, but there's so much about
the job that suits me. I love the constant variety of artwork
and people, the satisfaction of making customers happy
and the way that it allows me to keep several plates
spinning at once.

Yes, I do feel respected and appreciated (by the customers).
And I like being able to see the results of what I've
done. Not like with some endless project that's all just
paperwork and no tangible results.
 

Reenie

True Grumbler
Maureen... do you have a CMC? They might latch on to that!

Kid's are so techno based. Sad for our industry. Hopefully as they age they will understand their history and appreciate their past.


Dave,
Yes, got a CMC this year and have to say, that is the ONE thing all the kids like! Even the little guy likes to watch it in action...his friends think the shop is "cool".
 

rhop

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
I am 60. Spent thirty years in the Army. Retired in 1999 and opened our shop the same year.

Started framing in my spare time in 1980. Yes, you do have some spare time in the Army when not deployed somewhere. :icon21:
 

nikfrz

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Not gonna tell ya my age. I'm a female, ya know! But I'm up there with the Young At Hearts!

Been framing since 1980, full time for 16 yrs.
 

GPoe

MGF, Master Grumble Framer
Middle aged wanta-b...

Just turned the big 5-0 a couple weeks ago. Been framing for 5 years.
 

Emibub

PFG, Picture Framing God
The industry will evolve. There will still be a demand for framing family photos and shadowboxing sentimental items. However, I believe framers will have to adapt and offer new services that cater to technology — Services that might include digital printing and framing screen art (TVs and digital photo albums). Photo restoration will also be a great added service to frameshops of the future. Family photos that get passed down from older generations will require restoration and still need to be framed.
I think this is exactly right. The industry has been changing for quite some time now. I don't think so many shops are closing just due to the economy. Lots of shops out there where the people don't get out their front doors much. They think things will improve when the economy does. I truly believe it will take more than a bump in the economy. Status quo will only get you so far.

....oh yeah, I'm 55 been framing for 25 years......
 

Creative Chicks

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
48 years young! I've been framing since I got a taste of it in college 30 years ago, but professionally since 1989. Opened my own shop in 2000.

Lori
 

The Wavy Framer

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
44 yo and been framing for 15 years.

As a sales rep, now, I would say the largest age group in my territory is over 50. Second is 40-50.

There are only a handful of shop owners under 40, but I must say they are the ones who I admire most. They have amazing shops and are extremely good at what they do. One shop owner in particular is amazing and I always feel inspired after visiting with him.

What Matt says here is so true. Although I can't help but think the boom of photo restoration will be a relatively short lived one as the younger folk will be able to do it themselves, especially as photo software improves.

I'm 29 and have been in business for myself since age 20 — Framing since age 16.

The framing industry (in my opinion) will become a gold mine for younger generation framers. As shops continue to close and older generation shop owners retire, opportunity for business will increase.

The industry will evolve. There will still be a demand for framing family photos and shadowboxing sentimental items. However, I believe framers will have to adapt and offer new services that cater to technology — Services that might include digital printing and framing screen art (TVs and digital photo albums). Photo restoration will also be a great added service to frameshops of the future. Family photos that get passed down from older generations will require restoration and still need to be framed.
 

etlock

CGF, Certified Grumble Framer
OLDSTER ?

I am 73. I have worked in this industry continuously for 50 years. Unlike me, framing will last forever.

Tom
 

janetj1968

PFG, Picture Framing God
I am 73. I have worked in this industry continuously for 50 years. Unlike me, framing will last forever.

Tom
We need to hear more from you. I'd sit in a circle on the floor cross-legged to listen to a framer with 50 years of experience. :)
 

Carl-Heinz

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
There was dirt when I was a kid but they had just brought it in! So, I'm almost as old as dirt ;) and I've been framing for almost as long: I started with my sister and never looked back.
 

framelady64

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
We need to hear more from you. I'd sit in a circle on the floor cross-legged to listen to a framer with 50 years of experience. :)
Me too.I would love to know how things were done then and how different they are today.Things have changed so much even since I started.
 

framelady64

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
I have only been at it for 40 years and I could tell y'all stories that would curl your hair.....
I would love to hear them Mar.We all are just gonna have to get together and have a slumber party or maybe it would be called a grumbler party.:party:
 

neilframer

PFG, Picture Framing God
I have only been at it for 40 years and I could tell y'all stories that would curl your hair.....
I've been at it for 41 years so you're just a youngster. I like the Grumbler Party idea. :rolleyes:
 

neilframer

PFG, Picture Framing God
I helped my former employer of 14 years sell her CTD miter saw to someone who drove down to pick it up from out of state today. I just had surgery on Thursday to repair a hernia but I helped load the 400 pound saw in to the van. Mostly I just supervised. "There's something wrong with us, something very,very wrong with us".
No problem, I just doubled up on the Hydrocodone when I got home. :icon21:
 

Blackcat

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
26, framing for over 3, but I am sure I am only at the beginning of my framing career. I'm completely addicted and would love to have my own shop one day.
 

BackwoodsFramers

True Grumbler
Wow! What a wealth of experience we have here! How many years does it all add up to!

I'm 51, and we (hubby and I) just started a year ago, looking at the business as some way to "retire" from our paying jobs earlier than other wise would be possible. (Yes, we both still work full time "on the side")

Things are going well, so maybe "retirement" isn't that far down the road, at least for one of us...someone, namely me, has to keep benefits for a few years.

We plan on framing until our bodies don't allow it anymore. It's the most fun I've ever had, and gotten paid for it!
 

Framar

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
I've been at it for 41 years so you're just a youngster. I like the Grumbler Party idea. :rolleyes:
I began my framing life on October 27, 1969. I just round it off to "40 years."

I think we are even Neil - and Tom has both of us beat by a decade! :)
 

neilframer

PFG, Picture Framing God
I began my framing life on October 27, 1969. I just round it off to "40 years."

I think we are even Neil - and Tom has both of us beat by a decade! :)
Even it is, Mar. And another decade to go at least, oy! :eek:
 

Framar

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Oy is right, Neil. I was telling Baer the other day that I may have to start decreasing the size of frames I wish to handle as the years go on.

"Full size jerseys? No - it will be much less expensive to let me fold that under at the bottom!"
 

neilframer

PFG, Picture Framing God
I just had surgery last Thursday to repair a hernia that I've had for about four years. I took Thursday and Friday off from work plus the weekend. Back to work Monday. The only way to get me to take work days off is to cut me open. I'm a crazy man. :icon11:
 

GPoe

MGF, Master Grumble Framer
We need to hear more from you. I'd sit in a circle on the floor cross-legged to listen to a framer with 50 years of experience. :)
OH YEAH!!!! I WANT IN ON THAT! :thumbsup: (I'm not even sure if my left leg will do that for very long, but I would force it!)


26, framing for over 3, but I am sure I am only at the beginning of my framing career. I'm completely addicted and would love to have my own shop one day.
I'm with you (except the the age). Became addicted the very first day of my first framing job. Dabbled in it prior with my own artwork but nothing like now.

Hoping to start my own shop next year. It's great that you found your "calling" so early in your life. I'm 50 and for the past 45 years, I've been asking myself "What do I want to do when I grow up??" Now, this is the only thing I can picture (pardon the pun) myself still doing for the next 20 years.
 

Jeff Rodier

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
"What do I want to do when I grow up??" Now, this is the only thing I can picture (pardon the pun) myself still doing for the next 20 years.

You must have missed the memo. Framing is what people do so instead of growing up.
 

rhop

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
The wealth of knowledge on here is amazing.
38 yo, been framing since 1993, owned my own shop since 2004. Gotta keep at it as Uncle Sam isn't paying what he used to now that I'm retired.
Matt,

I thought retired army rangers got paid more than us poor ole retired army technicians. :faintthud:
 

Larry Peterson

PFG, Picture Framing God
We need to hear more from you. I'd sit in a circle on the floor cross-legged to listen to a framer with 50 years of experience. :)

Sit on the floor cross-legged???:beer: Only in my dreams. My hips would never survive that. And then there is the assistance I will need getting up. :cry:

I will be glad to sit in my recliner and listen. :beer:
 

Framar

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
All of us used to sit on the floor all the time back in the day!

A friend went to England (in the sixties) and visited some folks there, went into their living room and plunked herself down on the floor. They looked at her like she was a space alien and finally one asked her, "Don't you Americans have any chairs?"

I discovered a few years back that I have to crawl back into a standing position unless I have a heavy something to grab onto and pull myself upright. I blame this on my weight, however - not my age!
 

GPoe

MGF, Master Grumble Framer
You must have missed the memo. Framing is what people do so instead of growing up.
Darn, I MUST check my in-box! Now where did I move that to??? :icon45:


Sit on the floor cross-legged???:beer: Only in my dreams. My hips would never survive that. And then there is the assistance I will need getting up. :cry:
Oh my... I never thought about the "getting up" part! Maybe some young-uns can help operate a pulley-system. :help:
 

Larry Peterson

PFG, Picture Framing God
Sit on the floor cross-legged??? Only in my dreams. My hips would never survive that. And then there is the assistance I will need getting up.
I wonder what older folks do in cultures (asian, middle east, etc) that uses the floor as furniture. Sitting on rugs or on the floor at 12" high tables.

Don't their hips get old like mine? What do they do?
 

Jared Davis CPF GCF

MGF, Master Grumble Framer
I'm 37 years old here.... and I first started in the industry back in 1991 - so approximately 7000 days of experience in the industry so far... (not counting the minutes!) - and I've still got a lot to learn!

Jared
 

osgood

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
I'm 62, feeling 82 and have been at this framing thing since 1985. Not long at all compared to some of you guys!

I've known Jared for most of the time he's been in the industry. He looked about 14 when he first came into my shop!
 

NEframateur

True Grumbler
25 here. Have been framing for just under three years commercially. Framing my own artwork for 10 years now. Pretty much hooked.
 
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Tom Reigle

Guest
Started framing in my dining room in 1987, 'cause I couldn't afford to have it done on a teacher's salary!! I had gone through about 30 yrs. operating an auto body shop including a 13 year stint teaching auto body repair in a local community college. I needed a break from all the political BS that was/is part of education so I taught myself to do framing in the late '80's. I "retired" from framing in 2008 as a result of a layoff here in Florida and kind of played around for a couple of years fishing, kayaking, generally exploring many of the gorgeous state parks here in Florida, and learning to use my DSLR correctly.

Now, at age 68, I am embarking on my 4th career in one of the most exciting, demanding, and precise challenges I have faced in my adult life, ........ antique clock repair! I bought out the guy with whom I started working when he wanted to close down his clock business and I set up my own little shop here at home.

One of these years I just know that I will have finally reached the "grownup" status and then I will get serious about what it is I want to do with my life!

I have been a Grumbler since the Spring of 2001 and learned much of what I know about framing from this forum!
 
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