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team All Big Ten. Redshirt freshman Babcock (6 4, 295) custom camo football jerseys went on to start 46 of 47 UI games. By ComparisonWhile varsity basketball games are typically the most lucrative for officials $50 to $75 per game, basketball referees on the collegiate and pro level earn considerably higher salaries. Referees who work Division 3 college games earn approximately $135 per game while those working Division 1 games earn as much as $700 per game. High school basketball referees drive to their games and must pay for the cost of gas.

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Attending WCAF 2011 in Las Vegas

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The WCAF Show (West Coast Art & Framing) is just around the corner, and we thought we would take a moment to remind everyone of all the advantages of attending this annual show held at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, January 24th – 26th (Note: workshops/classes begin on Sunday, January 23rd). If you don’t have a booth, you should still come to explore the show floor, as there are many benefits to simply being there and being seen – remember, the more you educate yourself about who is out there and what they are offering, the more prepared you will be for your customer’s questions, requests, and for potential changes in the industry. mu legend zen Ultimately, as your awareness, knowledge, and contacts increase, the more effective you will become with your future business maneuvers. mu2legendzen Some benefits to simply wandering the floor include: 1) getting to see/meet suppliers – there are probably people you have been working with for years that you have never personally met. Note: this is a great opportunity to either meet those you are working with, or encounter new suppliers that you might enjoy working with in the future, 2) viewing new products and technology – there may be some new products that could enhance your business and/or cut down your production time, 3) general networking – seeing and being seen have already been discussed, along with meeting suppliers, but how about talking with everyone you possibly can? You never know what types of information, opportunities, and/or formed relationships can arise from simply striking up a conversation with someone next to you at the show, 4) trend observation – are you keeping up with what is going on in the world of framing? Is there a possibility you could lose business if you are not keeping up with certain styles & techniques that are currently trending? Taking workshops/classes are yet another big part of the show and offer unique opportunities to: 1) play and satisfy a curiosity – maybe you don’t currently offer hand-crafted carving through your shop, but decide it may be fun to take a wood carving workshop just to give it a try (you may surprise yourself and find you are a natural at something you never imagined), 2) learn new skills/sharpen skills – if we don’t use it, we tend to lose it, and it also may be time to pick up a skill that has become a necessity due to increased demand, 3) explore the business side of running a frame shop (pricing, marketing, web site development, etc.) – this is a great opportunity to learn around like-minded people who may also need help in these areas, and to discover how other framers are doing their job more effectively.

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The Importance Of Keyed-Out Stretcher Sets

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When working in an art-related business, sooner or later a request will come up as to whether or not you are able to stretch a canvas. Some simply use strainer bars to accomplish this task, however, strainers are not considered acceptable for stretching fine art because of their inability to expand. A more professional and functional instrument to use (especially when dealing with larger sized paintings) would be stretcher bars with keyed-out corners (and keyed-out sides if including cross bars). Keyed-out stretcher sets have been used for centuries, and for those who truly understand the characteristics and properties of how canvas behaves, it is clear that ordering these types of bar sets are, without a doubt, the only way to go. barbour outlet milford Let’s talk for a brief moment about canvas, while considering temperature and moisture changes in the air. spyder pants sale Canvas is constantly moving as a result of increases and decreases in temperature, as well as humidity and dryness fluctuations – increased humidity alters the canvas by loosening the tension and the canvas becomes slack. Keyed-out stretchers allow one to adjust and stretch the framework, ultimately helping to keep the canvas looking top-notch and taut. cheap mu legend zen Keep in mind there are certain factors to consider regarding stretching canvas and using stretcher keys, as well as when and how to make necessary adjustments. Needless to say, education on proper use and guidelines for alterations are advised to ensure each individual canvas is being handled properly. Foster is very passionate about quality and tradition, so it is very natural how we came to craft and offer these types of stretchers to the public, along with our stock and specialized moulding.

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The big picture when ordering chops

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Were you aware there are actually four different ways to order chops, and that three out of the four ways could be considered “EXACT”?

1) Rabbet Size (with allowance)

2) Rabbet Size (EXACT – without allowance)

3) Outside Dimensions (EXACT)

4) Sight Size (EXACT)

Please view our September Newsletter for further details

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Fabric Wrapped Liners

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Fabric wrapped liners are a sure-fire way to add some extra depth, texture, style, culture, charater, etc. to your framing projects. What are your favorite types of fabrics to use and what adhesives do you feel work best – we suggested Fabrimount.

Please view our June Newsletter for further details.

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Thomas Houston sent these pictures over displaying the beauty of pairing a 3″ wide liner with a printed fabric for a combination that would “wow” any onlooker

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Glorious Knots – revealing a rare source for artsy images…

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Our May newsletter takes a closer look at the imperfections we spend a great deal of time cutting out here – knots. We decided to share our perspective of the beauty of imperfections, and to share our findings of playful images that have caught our eyes over the years. Are they simply defects, or should they be appreciated as art? Do you have any images you would like to post that fall under this discussion?

 

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C’mon over! – Tour the Foster Planing Mill facility

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Foster Planing Mill was founded in 1922 by Henry Butzer, and at the time was called “Butzer Planing Mill”. Throughout its 89 years of operation, the company has operated under only 4 owners and is currently run by Bob Stanley, who took over from his father around 25 years ago. Foster’s famous blue sawdust collector towers high in sight, as you drive along Slauson (in-between Budlong and Normandie), and looking pretty much the same as it did when it was first built, this facility has ultimately become a historical landmark for many people in this raw and edgy part of the south Los Angeles area. South Central, as it was once called, had been long known for having a high crime rate, and in fact, seemed to reach its all time peak in the 80’s – let’s just say that during this period there was a suspected drug house across the street, which seemed to do more business than Foster while it lasted. Since then, the neighborhood has been taking a positive turn, and we can now safely encourage everyone to stop in for an anything-but-ordinary visit, as you never know what to expect when you arrive. For example, the neighborhood rooster may pop over for a visit to say hello, while the local ice cream truck whizzes by playing off-the-wall songs in “ice cream truck tunes”. This area is also known for having a great deal of graffiti, so it will also be an opportunity to take in some of the unique, local street art, which is a trademark for this neck of the woods. Our facility has been called “funky”, “wild”, “a step back in time”, etc.. but we feel each should have their own experience when they stop by. Regardless of what you may witness in the neighborhood at any given moment’s notice, what you can expect to experience at our facility includes: free, safe parking, a tour of the storage room, the grinding room, the stretcher bar room, the rip saw area, the lumber yard, shipping area, the office shack, and while you’re here you may also shop the “seconds” area, which you may only shop in person (and you won’t be sorry due to the wide selection and rock bottom prices). We also have and use what may be considered “antique machinery”, which still produces some of the highest quality moulding on the market today, along with old-fashioned wheel carts, and of course, greetings from our friendly shop guys, while you watch them hard at work – heck, we may even let you press the famous Foster Mill buzzer if you ask nicely! Additionally, it will be a great opportunity to meet the people you’ve been speaking with on the phone for all this time, and to see where your moulding and stretcher bars come from (who knows, you may even learn a little something while you’re here). So how does all that sound? If you’re intrigued, then make a definite plan to come by at your soonest convenience. Please call ahead if you would like to request a tour – there is no charge for our tour and it is our pleasure to have you stop by and to show you around.