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IMG_8716-1.JPGby Edward Wright

When I first started the business, I would design at least one sample a week. I was constantly experimenting with new finishes and patterns. Some of you may remember how excited I was to show you the newest design and get your input. I was so wrapped up in creating that I did not always document my creations.

This process satisfied my artistic temperament but made it impossible for me or other artisans to duplicate the samples you were showing your customers. At times it seems our present structure stifles our individual creativity, but as we refine our process I find my own creativity supported by the perspective and skills of other artisans.

As many of you know, I go out once a week to deliver frames and update your sample selections. One of the major benefits of these trips is to get your input on the designs we develop in the shop.

We design moulding patterns based on traditional shapes and custom sizes that meet our particular preferences for carving and finishing. We then research the market for current styles, colors and our customers' needs to determine a design for the frame.

Our artisans experiment with various techniques to develop new finishes. When we then determine the finish works, we document up to 20 steps used in building the frame, photograph it and make a shop sample. This work is intensive and time consuming but since it reflects the contribution of everyone in the shop and our customers, the results are very satisfying.

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