Vivian Kistler books

DixieLee

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I am that "fledgling framer" who posted earlier and I am looking for the six volume Vivian Kistler books...Library of Professional Picture Framining. I have found them new on the net at about $100. Is there a source where I can get these used? If not, is the set worth the $100? Is this the best set of books for me to start with or is there another set that would be better. Remember, I am a "never-ever" framer and have not had the benefit a course, yet...but working on that.

Thanks, y'all.......
 

McPhoto

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Dixie -
We've been framing for over twenty-five years and use Vivian Kistler's all the time as a "frame" of reference (sorry)
You will find it is money well spent in the time you will save just figuring things out.
At the DECOR/NYC show they were offering a $25.00 (or maybe a 25% discount) on any order over $100 - you might contact them to see if it is still valid - If not, there are usually specials on their publications at other events or thru PPFA
 

DixieLee

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You definitely answered one question.......is it worth the money. Any book y'all use as your "bible" is important to have.

You recommended I contact "them" to find out about the $25/25% off.....I am sorry, but who are "they" to contact?

I have checked at PPFA and, if I am right, the only "set" I can get of these books is the first 4 volumes. If I do this, I want to buy all six at the same time....if nothing else, it saves on shipping!

Anyway, thanks for the post.....
 

Sherry Lee

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Dixie,
While shopping at the PPFA Bookstore, you might want to also check other reference material. Some of the video's are quite helpful - especially if you are the "visual" type. Vivian has video's (maybe even DVD's by now). All of her material is excellent!
 

Hobbes03

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Dixie,

I will chime in, in total agreement with Sherry and Mike. When I first started, I bought all those books you mentioned, as well as their companion videos, and other books that the PPFA offers, also available through M&M Distributors and United Mfg. In fact I just received another one in the mail today, and plan on adding a few more. They are worth every penny. Once you have them you will see how valuable they are, and will reference them often.

Good luck!
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-Mike.
 

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DixieLee

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Thanks for the link....that is one of the sources I found to buy the set. Y'all have me convinced that these books/videos are a must have for any framer. I will get the set and then buy others one or two at a time as I can afford them.

Y'all are great!

Edited to add the following: Mike, that list from the CPF exam brochure is great! I am going to print that out and use it as my "check-list" of references to buy...thanks
 
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