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Ron Eggers

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
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Wisconsin
Most of the participants on this forum are professional picture framers and buy their mouldings from wholesale distributors and manufacturers.

We've heard from hobbyists, and even a few pros, who make their own.

Welcome to The Grumble.
 

Ron Eggers

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Joined
Jul 6, 2001
Posts
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From
Wisconsin
You find them by going to the trade shows and reading the trade magazines. If you are a retail picture framer with a store front, they find you - in droves.

There are hundreds and, yes, most of them have websites.

If you are a hobbyist, your options are more limited. Local building supply and home centers may be a better choice.

Please don't use all caps unless you're shouting. It's Sunday morning, so there's no need to shout.
 

Framerguy

PFG, Picture Framing God
Joined
Apr 12, 2001
Posts
7,261
From
Destin, Florida
David,

You may get a more friendly response and maybe some leads on what you ask if you gave us some idea of who you are and why you want a source for moulding when there are probably competent frameshops in your immediate area that could handle your work for you in a professional manner. You are asking some questions that most of us already know the answers to going in. Being retired in Florida doesn't give any of us much to go on when someone asks for us to divulge sources that probably aren't even available to the casual hobbyist.

As Ron implied we are professionals and buy in quantity from wholesalers who cater to the framing industry, not the hobby retail trade. If you want to play around and try some framing I would suggest visiting an Art Mart or a Dick Blick store in your area. They will carry matboard and possibly some frame moulding that you could purchase in small quantity and build some frames at home. (Trust me, it isn't as easy as it may appear to build a quality looking and well assembled frame using only tools found in the average homeowner's garage.)

One other reason that many would not simply spew out all this information particularly anybody close to your immediate area is that we perform these exact services for customers. Giving information away that could possibly lead a potential customer to attempt his/her own work is not good business practice when they may have come to "my" shop to have their framing done.

I hope this clears the air for you and explains some of the reluctance to post the information you are requesting.

Framerguy
 

Jeff Rodier

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Joined
Jul 28, 2005
Posts
19,217
From
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
David,
You might try calling some frame shops in your area to see if they will sell you some length moulding. Some stores do sell supplies to the consumer. Stores that sell supplies will have different price points for length, chop or joined frames. Without a retail store you will not be able to purchase from manufacturers or distributors because it will jepordize the business they do with stores that buy several thousand feet of moulding anually. Best place to start is the local Yellow Pages.
 
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