David Crowell has been framing art since 1990. As a master framer, the craft of restoring old frames has become one of his specialties. When people say “they don’t make them like they used to” he knows exactly what they are talking about.

Many of the ornate frames we see now and molded or machined with fancy CAD cutting tools. Old picture frames were hand carved and the beauty lies in their lack of perfect symmetry. For those with a discerning eye, or a love for antiques, the beauty of the old hand carved frame is as important as the art within its edges. Often times, when vintage art is brought in for restoration, the same goes for the frame. This is where Mr. Crowell finds the full spectrum high intensity output of the Microsun Solis a valuable addition to his toolset.

“Being able to see without strain, the clarity and contrast, make my work far easier, especially without the glare” was his first reaction to using a Microsun Solis on his workbench while restoring a 200 year old frame. His entire business is focused on the visual, from the preservation and presentation of art as well as the occasional creation of art. After seeing the difference the Microsun lamp makes, he’s become a believer.

Before the Solis, he’d tried all kind of combinations of lighting fixtures and devices to illuminate his work space. After the addition of a Microsun, he realized how seriously under lit the space was.

If you are ever in Dayton Ohio, and want to visit his shop, Custom Frame Services is at 1029 Wayne Avenue in the South Park Historic District, right across from one of our favorite pizza places, Dayton’s Original Pizza Factory (try the Buffalo Bacon Ranch).

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