Other Frame shops

J Phipps TN

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How many of you visit other frameshops while traveling?


I think I could do a whole vacation just traveling around looking through other frameshops and chatting with the owners. :D


I also love it when you guys post pictures of your shops, inside and out. I just think framers are some of the most creative people in the world.

Are you guys that way too or am I nosey and crazy?
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Jennifer
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Jennifer, I don't think you are alone on this one!! I think it is fun to visit other frame shops while traveling - there is no case for "shopping the competition" and most of us welcome visitors as well.

Plus you get to meet some really nice people and share ideas in person!!

There are some I have talked to or seen on the Grumble and assuredly, I would drive way out of the way to stop and see!!!

Roz
 
I went to the framing capitol of the world for no other reason but to check out shops. In two days I toured both of Warren's places, Applewood, Cedarwood, and Betty's place.

Pretty soon my wife and I are going to take a short trip down to Memphis. On the way we'll probably harrass Mr. Parker (or "Mr President") and Michael at Tadporters.
 
Jennifer, he probably came up I-40 from North Carolina, so he was a good way from Kingsport.

Not only do I like to know about other shops, I "look in the background" of photos in magazines at artists' studios, woodworkers' shops, and gallerys' displays.

I've gotten some really neat ideas this way!
 
I love visiting other frame shops. I usually make a point to find a few whenever I'm traveling. So you're not alone in liking to do this.
 
Ron - you need to stop by here. The store two doors down from us is reputed to be the oldest hardware store in it's original location in the US. If they don't have what you're looking for, they can get it by Tuesday.

And yes....we always visit frame shops on vacation and while traveling. Sick, sick, sick.
 
Off topic but has anyone ever wondered what Rons tape measure is try to say to us? Kinda looks like "I love you" but maybe I'm crazy
 
There are some I have talked to or seen on the Grumble and assuredly, I would drive way out of the way to stop and see!!!
Wow, Roz, that shows you how different we are.

There are some I have talked to or seen on the Grumble and assuredly, I would drive way out of the way to avoid!!! ;)
 
Gee Bill,

I don't think there is anybody I would avoid. But then again, I don't hold grudges very long. My memory is not so good. I can't remember who insults me, and who just ignores me.

I do have some favorites though.

Do you go to Atlanta when grumblers meet? Or do you avoid that too?
 
I don't think there are many or any Grumblers I would actively avoid. A few I might not want to turn my back on! but not avoid!

I may be dumb but I'm not stupid!

Seriously it is easy to disagree on-line, but in person I think it is easyier to find ground to agree on. AND I like te juxtaposition here where I can be involved in a heated confrontational "debate" in one forum and have an agreeable discussion in another forum with the same grumbler! Here our fueds are heated, but rarely lasting!
 
The only time I have for driving around is usually Sunday. I've peered in lots of windows of lots of closed shops.

I'd be happy to see any Grumbler in my shop who is visiting Baltimore, or passing through to get somehwere else.
 
I am going to see warren's place in Nc sometime. I go there every so often and I love seeing what everyone is up to. My wife thinks it is such a joy-NOT!!!


PL
 
I always like to see other frameshops, but especially the framers.
When I was in US, Dec 04/Jan 05 I dropped in to see many framers in many places, and was very disappointed that there were some I missed due to time constraints or getting lost, even with that talking machine that tells you where to go!

The framers I saw were very friendly and it was great to see such a diversity of styles of framing and shop layouts. It was also interesting to see the similarities and differences between US and Australian framing business and styles.
 
When out and about visiting Frame Shops and Galleries can only add to and improve the way one does business in the Framing Business. Where do you think a lot of the good speakers get theri info from....by resourcing and finding out how others do the business of framing collectively.
As a speaker at times I enjoy finding out the way a task can be done several ways, and if it means doing it a lot quicker, then thats money on your pocket as it allows on to do more. Framers are manufacturers, yes, manufactureres! They take a whole bunch of rw materials, like glass, hangers, wood moulding etc etc and he produce a finished piece. So any info you can gain by visiting a frmae shop while out in your travels, bless you!
 
Originally posted by brian..k:
Off topic but has anyone ever wondered what Rons tape measure is try to say to us? Kinda looks like "I love you" but maybe I'm crazy.


Brian, this has come up a few times, but I don't think anyone, even Ron, has figured it out, have you Ron? I thought it's saying "I love you" too! Maybe we're both crazy!
 
Jay H - Two things not to miss in Memphis: Wild Bill's (if you like good blues), and Steak on a Stick with a side of onion rings at Huey's (Second St. just north of Beale. And if you're the church going type, remeber, they don't call Al Green the Reverand for nothing - his place is just south of Graceland off E.P. Blvd.

Joe
 
Dad took me to Beale when I was maybe 12. I had been playing guitar for about 2 years and gave up on the idea of being a superstar on that trip. There are guys there are on top of their game and playing for tips. I LOVE THE BLUES. I'll try to fit that in after my catfish sandwich at BB's.

Graceland.....what a racket that is!
 
I think Bill was joking. That's why I would definately look him up the next time I'm in Litchfield, NH. He's such a kidder.

Stanley is mouthing some kind of Klingon obsenity. I haven't quite cracked the code and, if I had, I couldn't repeat it here.

I tried looking up Jo Burns up when I was passing through the Dallas/Fort Worth area about 1 a.m. a few years ago. Also tried finding Leslie S. in Waxahachee on my next TX trip, but it's better if you have a phone number or an address.
 
And here all this time I thought Ron's tape measure was saying "How are You?" But then again, I'm not very good at reading tape measure lips. :D

Rock
 
Originally posted by Jay H:
[QB] Dad took me to Beale when I was maybe 12. I had been playing guitar for about 2 years and gave up on the idea of being a superstar on that trip. There are guys there are on top of their game and playing for tips. I LOVE THE BLUES.
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Not on topic, but I love the blues also. Been playing music for 30+ years, but the blues for only about 10. Have had Strats, Les Pauls, Ovations, Martin's, you name it and still have one each of the latter three and they all sound better playing the blues. :cool: Got to shake BB King's hand one time at one of his concerts. Never forgot it. I have a small recording studio that I play around in when not working. Got a few songs on CD I've recorded including Gospel. I may never be a big star, but I have fun in the process. The wife bans me from Guitar Center unless she comes along to keep me out of trouble. She knows I'll be coming home with something if she doesn't. :D :D

Rock
 
When my bride cut me off from buying guitars, I just started building them. Now she's rethinking that.
 
I think Bill was joking. That's why I would definitely look him up the next time I'm in Litchfield, NH. He's such a kidder.
Um, … sure, Ron, … yeah, I was just kidding. Right, … just kidding!

Call before you come up to Litchfield, though, I’m probably going to be busy that day.


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