Conservation Frames – Custom Framing
Archival frames built to preserve stories forever.
How it works.
1. Drop by.
2. Choose a frame design.
3. We work, you relax.
As a family history company, we approach building custom photographic frames differently. We build frames because of our strong desire to preserve human history as recorded on photographs and art. Every frame we craft is 100% archival grade and rated to last over 100 years.
- Wood and Metal Mouldings – In our studio, we have over 500 mouldings to choose from. We carry Fi, Max, Omega, Roma, and Studio. Each piece boasts a beautiful finish and unique shape. All are 100% conservation grade.
- Fillets (or slips) – In our industry, we use fillets to decorate the inside of a matte or secondary moulding. All our fillets are made from wood or metal by our neighbors and friends at Framer’s Inventory in Portland, OR, Larsen Juhl in Seattle, WA, or American Distribution in Boise, ID.
- Conservation Clear – One of our most popular glazing choices, this glass has a silica based UV blocking “baked” right into the glass substrate. This means 0% degradation or delamination over time.
- Reflection Control – A great choice when conservation grade UV protection is not your highest priority. This glass offers 45% UV protection and an etched matte-like finish to mitigate glare and reflection.
- Museum – Hands down the best glass on the market for building conservation grade custom frames. It boasts 99% UV protections while still reducing reflection by over 85%. Museum glass has the lowest possible reflection rating available with UV protection. “It achieves over 97% light transmission to enhance colors, brightness and contrast levels.” – Framer’s Inventory, Dec. 7, 2016.
- Matboards – We carry Crescent, Bainbridge, and Rising matboards. You’ll enjoy browsing our collection and pairing matboard with moulding to form a beautiful conservation grade frame.
- Foam Core – We carry Bainbridge and Encore foamboard. Each piece is custom cut, a brilliant white, and 100% acid free. The paper on the photo side has been buffered with calcium carbonate and sits at a PH level between 7.7 and 8.5. This is in direct accordance to the Library of Congress Cold-Extraction methods for Non-Photographic Materials. Pollutants in the atmosphere are deterred by the buffering process.
- Glue – We use Corner Weld by Framerica for its ultra strong grip.
- Thumbnails – we use thumbnails by C&H with prerouted grooves cut with our Thumbnail router sourced out of Edison, NJ. Our conservation grade frames are not only built to be archival, they are also built to be strong.
Turn Around Times
A typical frame is delivered within 2 weeks after an in-person design consultation. However, we are flexible and can usually accommodate a tight schedule. Contact us to get an exact turn around time for your custom frame or shadow box.
Craig Collett is Roots Family History’s master artisan and handles each design and build with the help of other Roots Family History craftsman. Craig has been designing and building frames for over 15 years and can accommodate any custom frame job, be it a commercial job or a family one.
Your custom frame starts with a vision. That vision unfolds during an in person design session with one of our framers. We will work with you to find the perfect combination of molding, mattes, and glass. An in-person design consultation guarantees that you will love your new frame.