Custom Wood
Picture Frames

Handcrafted from upcycled trees from the San Francisco Bay Area.

How it began

The options for custom picture framing in San Francisco alone are staggering. And they always look great online or in the store, but the real thing often falls flat.

I began building picture frames because I wanted something in my home that was both simple and elegant, something that added to the story of my family’s photographs. 

It did not take long for friends, then friends of friends, to begin asking me to make frames for their photographs and artwork. Everyone who saw them was excited.

I never set out to sell my woodwork, but when I began my family photography business in 2020, offering picture frames was a natural progression.

Man saws picture frame edge on table saw.

“As an artisan, he brings meticulous attention to detail and creative vision to his beautiful handmade frames.”

– Julia Lawson

A Piece of Bay Area History

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Man uses power saw to cut piece of wood outdoors.


Growing up on a small island, life was lived barefoot and outdoors. Nature was not just for looking at; it was breathed and smelled and touched all day long.  

Living so close to the environment taught me to perceive the natural world not as a resource, but as an equal partner to humanity. 

I resist the temptation to say that my frames are “sustainable” because everything we create requires inputs and energy. Instead, I believe deeply in the power of respect for our planet. Mother Earth’s story is our story.

By showing respect to the source of my materials, I hope to better our relationship with this lovely planet.

“Give thanks for what you have been given. Give a gift, in reciprocity for what you have taken. Sustain the ones who sustain you and the earth will last forever.”

– Robin Wall Kimmerer

Man looks down the edge of a floating picture frame.

“The final work is magnificent and shows how much care and craftsmanship David put into it.”

– Jeff Kolesky
San Francisco

My Process

The opposite of production-line.


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Locally sourced, salvaged wood


Designed to last decades




Prints and glass sourced thoughtfully


Plant based oil finish


Built entirely in San Francisco

Family portrait framed above living room couch.

Traditional Frames

Floating Frames

Stunning and unique. Perfect for a stretched canvas and metallic displays.

Prices are for the frame plus a metallic or canvas print. The dimensions reflect the size of the artwork within the frame. If you would lke your own artwork framed, simply request a quote.

Starting Prices

12 x 18  |  $755
16 x 24  |  $995
20 x 30  |  $1995

This is expensive. I just need something quick and easy.

Can you make me a
cheap frame?

I hear you, and I cannot.

I have learned through hard experience that I work at one speed – slow and meticulous. And I produce at one quality – craftsman quality. I have also decided that I will only work with materials and sources that I know, trust, and believe in. Picture frames are not a necessity, so if we are going to build them, we better do so in a way that is healthy for us and for our communities.

“To love a place is not enough.
We must find ways to heal it.”

― Robin Wall Kimmerer
Braiding Sweetgrass

Let’s build.

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