I make hardwood picture frames by hand from scratch at my home studio in Oro Valley, Arizona. I’m dedicated to using traditional woodworking techniques to make frames with the beauty, authenticity and integrity from solid hardwood, with designs inspired by Tucson’s unique history and culture.
I make my frames from scratch out of solid hardwood, which means you and I can design every aspect of your unique frame, from its species, profile, stain color and finish to the joinery used for the corners and other optional elements that will make it feel at home in yours.
Through Stafford Framing Company, I provide expert preservation framing for your paintings, prints, drawings, posters, photographs, textiles and memorabilia. I believe a frame’s first job is to protect and enhance its picture.
Raised in Tucson, Irvin Stafford spent 21 years in New York City working as a picture framer after graduating from the UofA. In 2019, he moved back to his beloved Old Pueblo to care for his aging parents and make quality frames for the art and people of Southern Arizona.
“A well designed and lovingly built frame is a powerful thing: it enhances our beautiful pictures and puts them at eye level so they bring us daily joy, while preserving them so that joy lasts a lifetime.”
-Irvin Stafford, C.P.F. (Certified Picture Framer)
“Irvin’s wide ranging knowledge of matting and framing materials and techniques is rather mind boggling. He is an art major, and his love of what he is doing is immediately obvious to a customer. In fact, he’s an art professor operating in natural desert surroundings rather than in a classroom. His joy is infectious.”
– Connie S.