News & Updates

Seaming & Nipping Glass

Seaming glass actually strengthens the structure of the pane. Seaming refers to grinding the edge of the glass, relieving the sharp angle along the edge of the pane. Nipping the glass is essentially the same as seaming except it...

Inventive Ideas for Framing

This old family photo needed a unique frame.  Custom Frame Services decided to create a barn wood frame from scratch. Dave Crowell, our founder, carved out the wood and milled out the center of the wood for the photograph to fit perfectly inside! Various...

Framing Tips on Foxing

Foxing is a term describing the age-related spots and browning seen on vintage paper. while the exact cause of the fungal growth is uncertain, it is best to avoid humidity and acidic papers or mats on the piece.  While looking through your old vintage artworks, if you...

Outside of Framing

We love our jobs as framers but we always love a new challenge. This Summer we were able to use our talents to help local theater company Free Shakespeare. They are performing Merchant of Venice and we had fun decorating three skulls for their props. Summer Tour 2012...

Our Beginnings

Custom Frame Services began in 1993 at the home of David and Sherri Crowell on Holly Avenue in Dayton, Ohio.  David began with the concept of presenting picture framing as an art form. With the focus on boundaries and transitions, function and style, the frame works...