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Where do framers come from?

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by Paul Cascio, Jun 2, 2009.

  1. Paul Cascio

    Paul Cascio SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    What occupation(s) did you hold prior to entering the framing business?
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  2. CAframer

    CAframer SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    VP/CIO for a well known consumer products company.
  3. Sunshawn67

    Sunshawn67 CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Multi unit manager of a restaurant chain.
  4. Ylva

    Ylva SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Retail - sales person in book store
    Retail - manager art supply store / purchasing manager office supplies
    Bookkeeper / Administrative
    Customer service in computer company
  5. alaskanframer

    alaskanframer CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Branch Manager of a DME company. Largest push was O2
  6. Cavalier

    Cavalier MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    1992-1996 - Appliance Repair apprenticeship
    1995-1997 (summers) - Stripper (image assembly)
    1996-1998 (school year) - libarian aide
    Summer 1998 - school administration
    1998-1999 - Graphic "Designer"
    1999-2002 - part-time secretary
    1999-2000 - night librarian
    2000-2002 - part-time art supply cleck/matcutter
    2001-2002 - pet shop groomer/clerk
    Currently: freelance graphic artist/visual artist atop of full-time framing
  7. Dancinbaer

    Dancinbaer SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    My background was originally architectural/ structural draftsman. Then moved to a telephone company. My current full time job (11 years) is that of Outside Plant Engineer with the same telephone company.

    DTWDSM SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Sold medical supplies and medcal documentation systems to nursing homes
  9. Twin2

    Twin2 SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Computer software developer and then a Mom.
  10. Jay H

    Jay H PFG, Picture Framing God

  11. Dave

    Dave SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Never really done anything else. Started sweeping the shop and running errands for my grandparents when I was six years old. In the ensuing years I worked in the frame shop, did the bookkeeping, became the purchaser for artist materials and other products and then took over the family business. Hit 50 years old and downsized everything to a one person frame shop... me.
  12. Beveled

    Beveled SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Toll Collector Mackinac Bridge
    Receptionist for Adult Education
    Office Management for a Wine Distributor
    Retail Sales Art Gallery

    I'm thinking about going this route. Would like to ask you a few questions. I'll send a PM.
  13. framah

    framah PFG, Picture Framing God

    Worked in the trades show exhibit building business then for a business who designed and built sales centers for housing developments as well as corporate interiors and the like.

    Way back in college I worked at a sewer treatment plant for the summer. Does that count??:vomit::vomit::faintthud:
  14. Merlin Framers

    Merlin Framers CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Even this side of the pond it seems as though we have major mid life career changes.

    I was 32 years UK Military of which the last 25 as Helicopter Aircrew.

    Since 2000 High Street Framer and small gallery.
  15. Meghan MacMillan

    Meghan MacMillan SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer


    Got my first frameshop job in my junior year of high school.
  16. Steven6095

    Steven6095 SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Cavalier - just stuck on the image of stripper then to librarian.......... : )
  17. Jeff K

    Jeff K CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Dealership Parts and Service Director. Same employer for 22 years.

    Jeff K
  18. Julie Walsh

    Julie Walsh MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Business Manager - Apparel for a 500 store chain
  19. curiousframer

    curiousframer CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    retail clerk college student
    summer job-------picture framer 32yrs ago this sat
    time files when your having fun
  20. Maryann

    Maryann SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

  21. Bob Doyle

    Bob Doyle SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    • Country boy with animals. Not a farmer as we didn't do it for a living...
    • Bag boy, grocery clerk, night crew at a supermarket.
    • Aide at a nursing home, then head trauma center.
    • "behavoiral aide". I was a punching bag for violent head injured patients. Took the hits so the nurses and residents didn't. Where I got my best PITA training ;)
    • Waiter, bartender, caterer assistant at 4 small restaurants, Elks clubs, Ground Round
    • Stained glass studio "foiler"
    • Educator, Special educator, special ed aide
    • Aug Comm Specialist, custom seating designer fabricator assistant,
    • DME rep, tech support sales for specialized equipment. presenter at conventions. system integrator for disability software and hardware.
  22. prospero

    prospero SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Spent most of the '70s hurtling about on a forklift truck. You name it, I've shifted it.:thumbsup:
  23. Bob Doyle

    Bob Doyle SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    My favorite ad salesman sold forklifts for awhile. Then he went on to be a big name in Fly Fishing, gave that up, and then Fly Fishing became popular. He'd go to the paper mills and fly fish all afternoon..
  24. GreenTea

    GreenTea CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Mermaid in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii.
  25. RoboFramer

    RoboFramer PFG, Picture Framing God

    Joined the Army at 15, left at 38 in 1993.

    Warehouse operative (where they nicknamed me 'Robo-packer') combined with framing from home part time.

    Gave up the day job and opened first shop in 97.
  26. smitten

    smitten CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Restaurant kitchens (picked up my love of cooking)
    Commercial Boat deck hand then Captain (always loved the water)
    Art Teacher / Sculptor (Ceramics)
    Now this....framing for 24 years
  27. Paul N

    Paul N In Corner

    15 years, federal prison for assorted felonies.
    30 years as a resident in a mental institute for the criminally insane.
    Currently on probation.

    Juts kidding!! I am not on probation.

    Or (the more boring version):

    Hotel Management 12 years
    Information Technology (20)
    Framer last 4 1/2 years.
  28. framah

    framah PFG, Picture Framing God

    15 years, federal prison for assorted felonies.
    30 years as a resident in a mental institute for the criminally insane.
    Currently on probation.

    FINALLY!!! Someone who has the right background for the job!!:shutup:
  29. ArmyFramer

    ArmyFramer MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Dairy Farmer through out school
    Joined Army...retire in 10 months
    framing for 7 years in my own shop.
  30. Paul N

    Paul N In Corner

    That's why my customers ALWAYS behave nicely......:p:p
  31. Bob Doyle

    Bob Doyle SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Framing that comes with a price you can't refuse....
  32. prospero

    prospero SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    One of my former duties was unloading 1cwt (112lbs) trays of little screws by hand. There was about 10 gazillion of them in a tray. Those suckers were heeeeeeaaaaavy.:mad:
    It broke my heart when I took up framing and actually had to buy some.:icon21:
  33. Dave

    Dave SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Paul, this thread is about what you did before you became a framer. Not what you figure you'll do after framing for years.

  34. couture's gallery

    couture's gallery PFG, Picture Framing God

    USAF 8 years (pilot)
    Corp advertising/Public Relations Director..10 yrs
    Ad agency CEO...8 years
    Sign shop owner and commercial artist...10 years
    Framer....12 years
  35. j Paul

    j Paul PFG, Picture Framing God

    • Contractor-Cabinet Maker / custom kitchens & baths - some new construction
    • Band Leader / Private Music Instructor
    Both occupations put me in the self-employed category
    I guess you could say they were both artistic endeavors.
  36. Libbylady

    Libbylady CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Moore College of Art & Design, Phila.
    Fashion Illustrator for Strawbridge & Clothier, Phila
    Mom of 1
    Art Instructor for priviate elem. school
    Mom of 2
    Framing for my own work, friends and some decorators
    Mom of 3
    Framing ever since- 36 years in home-based shop
    now also weekly art classes for elem. home schoolers
  37. JFeig

    JFeig SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    12 years - internal operation audit - accounting system design (IT)
    - internal operational audit for 2 Fortune 500 retailers.

    2 years - CFO for startup electronics company

    25 years - frame shop owner
  38. maryframer

    maryframer CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    AA in Music/Art minor
    2 yrs Art major
    Dept store associate (lamps & dresses) - pt in college
    Record store manager 2yrs

    Then I began my career as a baby framer at a craft store - 1991
  39. cjmst3k

    cjmst3k SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Before opening my gallery, I worked in concert production in NYC area. Escorting madonna around MSG, sneaking bands out of an arena in my minivan, managing backstage production offices, driving around Jersey looking for a Taco Bell with a hungry Bruce Hornsby as we listen to Grateful Dead tapes, etc.


    Before that... worked in my dad's frame shop. :)
    Been framing since 1988, and part-time during whatever other jobs I had.

  40. TessaE

    TessaE CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    been framing, in some part of the industry, for 15 years. Started my sophmore year in high school.
  41. Framar

    Framar SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Been a framer since October of 1969 - yup - comin' on 40 years - never did anything else.....
  42. Frame Lady

    Frame Lady CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    CHEWING GUM sales lady.......my car smelled like bubble gum from all the gum samples we had to carry! Worked for American Chicle div. of Warner Lambert, sold Dentyne, Chiclets, Certs, Trident, Rolaids, Halls, Clorets, introduced Space Crystals, Freshen-up, Dynamints, Bountiful nuts and Bubblicious. Sales rep for 12 years and upper management for the other 8.

    All those chewing gum racks at the check out of supermarkets, gas stations, liquor stores and convenience stores had to be installed by someone, so you sold the product and installed the displays.

    Best sales job was the $109,000 promotion of Halls cough drops to Costco, as that was when they sold for 99 cents!

    Lots of travel, lots of fun...never had to buy Halloween candy!
  43. MerpsMom

    MerpsMom <span style="color: red"><b><i>Charter Member</i><

    How do you attach a baby to the backing? Don't they wiggle and wet? How do you preserve them?

    I was not a smart-a previously. Age does it.
  44. Artifacts Gal

    Artifacts Gal CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Career Track

    BFA Maryland Institute College of Art, painting major
    Printed other people's etchings in a printmaking studio
    Framing since 1979
    Opened my own shop in 1986
    Marge Miccio
  45. nikfrz

    nikfrz SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Restaurant owner
    Accountant (state government)
  46. wpfay

    wpfay Angry Badger

    Graduated college with a BFA in technical illustration 1975
    next 3 years worked in the construction trades, as a framer in a gallery dealing in Islamic antiquities, a janitor in an apartment building in DC, and as a farm ranch hand.
    Bought the family bidness in Nov 1978.
  47. rhop

    rhop SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Thirty years in the Army. :icon9:
  48. Candy

    Candy SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Great Question!!!! I have enjoyed reading the answers.....

    I have a business degree in secretarial studies. Doesn't mean much in today's world. I learned things like how to use a typewriter and adding machines (not the nice little sharp sitting on the desk right here either). I was really good at the duplicator, though. And shorthand really came in handy.......

    Starting out:


    Bridal, Customized sewing and alterations (My first venture into self-employment. When I moved away, I gave my business to my cousin, she died and someone else is still working that little business that I started in 1978.)

    Taught Shorthand and
    Subsitute teaching in a private school (only sub to ever get mentioned in the yearbook for the chemistry experiment the sent smoke through the entire schools vent system. :D)

    Administrative assistant in CPA office. No fun there.

    Framing for the last 20 years. Found myself at last!!! :D
  49. BatesMotel

    BatesMotel MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Offset Printer, which included other such tasks as cutting, stripping, pasting, burning plates, binding ect. ect. ect.
    Associates in Art, major photography. Vowed I would never do weddings! I did to many weddings to even count! Pays good but...
    Picture framer, just came natural in the course of things.
  50. evartpat

    evartpat PFG, Picture Framing God

    During college..on my knees alot...
    apprenticing to Ceramic Tile contracor...:D

    Graduated with a BFA in Bronze Sculpture and Ceramics.

    6 mos. as a File clerk for a large Corp.

    Then Picture framing for the last 28 years...:nuts:
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