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Where do framers come from?

JWB9999999

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
- Electrical Engineer - did design work on the F-16 figter jet and Israeli flight simulators
- Marketing electrical products in Belgium
- Business process improvement consultant, maintenance and logistics, based out of: USA, France, Burma, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, France again (yes, I moved around a lot)
- Business process improvement consultant, sales and marketing, Switzerland
- Salesman, high-end construction hand tools and consumables
- *retired*
- Frame shop manager
- Frame shop owner and French language tutor

I'm 41.
 

JRB

PFG, Picture Framing God
9: Daily paper rout.
11: Pin boy in a bowling alley that still used pins. 5 pin and 10 pin.
16: Dishwasher
17: Fry Cook then set up cook in a steak house.
18: Army
21: Dispatcher, newspaper office.
21: Delivery truck driver for a blueprint co.
22: Lived off my paintings.
24: Part time picture framer at Aaron Brothers before they were a Big Box operation.
24: Went and got married.
24: Needed a full time job so became full time picture framer
24: Manger of Aaron Brothers Picture Frames and gallery, La Jolla. I was the only employee for about a year.
25: Set up Aaron Brothers first Big Box store on Midway Drive in San Diego.
27: Regional Manager for Aaron Brothers San Diego, Palm Springs, Nevada, Arizona. Trouble shooter for Len Aaron, entire chain.
30: Went and got unmarried.
34: Started my own massive picture framing operation in a one car garage in 1976. Spent the rest of my life making picture frames, over and over.
Had assorted hobbies and interests along the way.
I'm 66 and still making picture frames, over and over, and over. Looking for a way out, well sorta.

John
 

Nancy W

CGF, Certified Grumble Framer
I freelanced art for hire for 10 years, it involved murals,portraits, calligraphy,logos,brochures,illustration... I use all those skills now in framing and like framing much better. A brick and mortar building and clients coming to me has huge appeal.
 

mikki

MGF, Master Grumble Framer
Harris School of Art....newspaper ad for frame shop help 1982..

frame shop home town 18 years solid had to get out...


(T. Lewis) massage school 2000
framing in my garage two years as an add on to massage
went to PPFA meeting...went to Vegas...CPF test...came back ...bought current building....Frame Shop with a massage room in hte back

Massage and framing who would think there were two of us?...but now three, I know of one in Nashville too! ...wierd! oh yea! and met a massage therapist this past year in Vegas she and her husband were buying a frame shop and came for classes I think he was a photographer.
 

hammer god

Grumbler in Training
dogwood gallery & framer

for 10 years, i was partner of a legal support service. i have been an artist for as long as i can remember. 3 years ago, i earned a diploma from the american picture framing academy. i have not looked back. thanks paul.
g.b.
 

shayla

WOW Framer
Welcome to the Grumble, hammer god!
You'll like it here. :icon21:
 

Paul Cascio

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
for 10 years, i was partner of a legal support service. i have been an artist for as long as i can remember. 3 years ago, i earned a diploma from the american picture framing academy. i have not looked back. thanks paul.
g.b.
No, thank you. Glad you're doing well.
 

Paul Cascio

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
We're turning out to be a pretty diverse group! Guess Paul can't use this list of past jobs as a "mailing list" for his classes.

I got into framing Paul because I was out of work. Maybe you could blanket employment centers as possible framing class candidates ;)
Funny you mention that, Bob. I agree completely. I'm not at all surprised by the diversity. I see it all the time at my classes. Picture framers absolutely cross all boundaries of life. I've had accountants, artists, pilots, MD's, laborers, lawyers and everything in between. Young and old, male and female. There is no recognizable pattern at all, unless you count a penchant for creativity. Framers are definately the most creative people I know.
 

wendy lang

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
PET INDUSTRY! I worked my way through Art School waitressing, but I really "cut my teeth" working with the scaley and slimey critters out there. Fish and "herps"--reptiles and amphibians--are my speciality!

The CRITTERS are great! And they need HELP! The environment is changing and the Earth's wildlife needs our help.

Wendy
The Art Corner
264 Washington Street
Salem, MA 01970
978-745-9524
artcornersalem@verizon.net
www.artcornersalem.blogspot.com
 

Mikesshop

CGF, Certified Grumble Framer
I don't think I can match what you all did.

Shoveled snow (using only a snow shovel) in the winter and cut grass (with a push mower, not a gas mower) in the summer.
I never had a paper route.
Drew some cartoons for a karate club.
Worked in a hospital kitchen.
Graduated from Commercial Art School.
Served 6 years in the Navy.
Graduated from college with an MIS degree.
Work with computers for many years.
Found time to raise two wonderful children. An now I have 4 amazing grandchildren.
I have been framing pictures for the last 7 years.
I will be combining my shop with a friends shop in August. :popc:
 

shayla

WOW Framer
Shoveled snow (using only a snow shovel) in the winter and cut grass (with a push mower, not a gas mower) in the summer.
I never had a paper route.
Drew some cartoons for a karate club.
Worked in a hospital kitchen.
Graduated from Commercial Art School.
Served 6 years in the Navy.
Graduated from college with an MIS degree.
Work with computers for many years.
Found time to raise two wonderful children. An now I have 4 amazing grandchildren.
I have been framing pictures for the last 7 years.
I will be combining my shop with a friends shop in August. :popc:

And he's one of the nicest guys around. :)

Mike, your 'no paper route' comment reminds me
of something. Knock on wood, I never had to work
in a fast food restaurant. I know a lot of people have,
and they learned some good job skills there. But the
thought of doing it seemed so awful, so 'part of
the modern machine' that I couldn't stand it. It still
makes me glad that I never did.

And I've never waitressed. Ha, as if! I'd be the worst
waitress ever. Halfway through the breakfast rush,
I'd be forgetting who ordered what omelet, dropping
a whole stack of plates, and bursting into tears.
By the time the meal was over, they'd all want to be
my friend, but never want to sit in my section again.
 
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