UPDATE FOR THE YEAR 2021
I’ve been making frames now for over 15 years, and it’s been a fun venture. Business seemed to always be booming more than what I could keep up with. I am blessed and very grateful for all the customers I’ve earned over the years, thank you!
There were so many other items I wanted to build and offer so as to show off my woodworking skills. I was able to expand my frame offerings but just never could quite get past just frames.
But with the pandemic striking the USA and the state of Oregon, which is where I live, my life has been changed.
Most people who haven’t owned a business may not realize that it takes a lot of dedication and sacrifice to be even somewhat successful. Successful just means that you have continuous customers and enough revenue to keep the doors open, bills paid, and hopefully a little bit of happiness. It doesn’t always mean you’re making a lot of money and getting rich.
With that said, I have a family that I’d like to get to know better. The only way to do that is to relinquish certain things.
Last year, 2020, I stopped taking large custom and special orders mostly just so I could properly take care of my existing customer’s orders. In doing this, along with the pandemic hitting, I come to realize how much I’m missing out on my family.
For the year 2021, I will continue to not take any custom or special orders. I will only be finishing up frames that I have accumulated over the years and posting them up on my website as in-stock frames ready for immediate delivery.
You are welcome to contact me with any questions you might have concerning my current stock of frames but I will not accept any offers for commissioned work. At the time of this writing, I still have many frames to get listed so if you’re interested please check back often.
Booming Business 2018
Actually, since the end of 2017, the framing business has been booming. My order level has better than quadrupled, which has created new challenges. Since I’m a one-person shop and take product quality seriously, I’ve found myself in a quandary. Trying to keep up with orders, quality, and lead times.
Because of this huge increase in orders, I’m having to temporarily let current and future customers know that my lead times have been extended. That extra lead time will depend on the current order level, so I’m posting that exact information on all of my product pages right below the product name and number.
It will read something like this:
IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ: Because product quality is important and I want to do my best on every order, the lead time for any new orders is three to five weeks beyond the standard lead time. This is only temporary as I catch up on a large increase in business.
As I’m able to complete more orders, then this extended timeline will be reduced.
Thank you for your understanding, and I look forward to doing business with you. You’re always welcome to give me a call at 503-267-5923 with any questions.
Tenth Business Anniversary – 2015
2015 is my 10th year in business with Solid Wood Frames by Jim. Officially I launched my original website on February 5, 2005, and sold my first frame in March of 2005. The first website was started in early 2004 and took a little more than a year to complete.
That first website was coded by hand while, at the same time, I was fine-tuning my frame building and finishing skills. Even today, I am always trying new things to provide additional offerings, better customer service, and improve my processes to provide excellent products to my customers.
Much has changed in the past ten years, and I excitedly look forward to the next ten with many more changes and improvements already on the horizon.
Register Today For a Discount – 2015
As one of many promotions planned to celebrate this huge milestone, I’ve started offering a $10 discount coupon on just about any product on my website when you register by creating an account.
Click here or click on My Account at the top menu bar to the far right, provide your name and email address, and a thank you email will immediately be sent with a coupon contained within it. It’s a secure page, so no worries about your information falling into the wrong hands, and I do not share your information with anyone.
If you already have an account and would like to take advantage of this discount, email me, and I’ll gladly provide it for you.
I’ve never been one to send out many promotional emails or newsletters, so you don’t have to worry about me cluttering your email box. However, I plan to send out more this year than I have in the past, which won’t take much.
Launch of New Website – 2014
A new website was put into place on January 5, 2014.
The old website was homegrown and lacked in a lot of areas. With this new website, there are better controls to manage the content using modern tools.
You’ll find my new site better organized and easier to navigate.
Along with standard sizes, many of the products now offer you the ability to get custom pricing on any size frame you might need.
If you have a question regarding any product, you can utilize the Product Inquiry that will allow you to ask questions regarding that particular product. The email received will tell exactly what product is being inquired about.
Or, if you’d rather, please feel free to give me a call at 503-267-5923, I will answer the phone. The website may have changed, but the personal aspect of Solid Wood Frames is still the same.