Now accepting orders to be completed in

May 2024.  Closed from March 27 - April 17.

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 only solid hardwood can achieve, using designs inspired by Tucson’s unique history and culture.

My Frames

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.

Framing Services

Stafford Framing Company provides expert preservation framing for your paintings, prints, drawings, posters, photographs, textiles and memorabilia.  I believe a frame’s first job is to protect its picture, while we collaborate on a design that also enhances it.

About Me

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.

Frame is well crafted and beautiful. Was a pleasure and a delight to put our newly framed painting up to showcase.
Karen Rhoads
Karen Rhoads
01/11/2023
Irvin took the time to really check out my problem (mirror fell out of a frame I liked and wanted to keep) and explained what needed to be done. The project was finished on time, came in under the estimate (which was reasonable to begin with), and the mirror & frame are better than new. These 5 stars are well deserved.
Barbara Penrose
Barbara Penrose
26/10/2023
I would highly recommend Irvin for framing of any artwork. He is very knowledgeable and his custom frames are works of art in themselves. He spends a lot of time explaining the process and you will leave with a feeling that your artwork is getting the best of care
Larry Garland
Larry Garland
07/09/2023
Very professional. Handmade frames complimented our Warhol and Dalih lithographs beautifully. Pricing is reasonable and turnaround time was great! Couldn’t recommend more highly!
Charles Elam
Charles Elam
11/08/2023
I am very happy with the frame Stafford Framing made for me. The painting was by a one of my best friends. And no it is not his day job, but it is the view of our back yard. The cost (includes the backing, mounting the painting in the frame and hardware) with my choice of wood and treatment (note the black edging) is comparable with the better on-line stores (plus shipping and mounting). I wanted a black finish to make the wood frame stand out from the walls. I wanted a light color wood next to the painting so the frame would stand out. I could not find that custom finish on-line. Finally I really like that I know the artist of the painting and the artist of the wood work.
John DaCrema
John DaCrema
06/08/2023
Very passionate about his work! Has a large variety of options and very flexible with creativity!
Alex Evertsen
Alex Evertsen
25/07/2023
I asked Irvin to frame a sheet of stamps honoring Chief Standing Bear for my spouse, who is Indigenous. Irvin has a deep sense of how to honor the essence of a piece and choose frame materials, colors, textures, and more that will show it off to perfection. I honestly felt as though I was in the presence of genius while he was helping me understand and decide on framing options. Irvin strikes me as one of those rare people who’s doing exactly what he was put on Earth to do, and it shows in his creations as well as in the gracious way he interacts with customers. I couldn’t possibly be happier with the finished product — or my experience with Irvin.
Kirin Alolkoy
Kirin Alolkoy
15/07/2023
We had Irvin frame an original watercolor by one of our favorite artists, Paul Oman, for our Tucson home. Irvin was great to work with and shared his expertise as we chose all aspects of the frame, matting and glass to best compliment the watercolor. Irvin held true to his three-week timeline and shared pictures of the work in progress. We are very pleased with the result.
Ann Schilling
Ann Schilling
18/03/2023
Worth every penny. Stafford Framing Co framed a family heirloom for me. It’s a fragile piece, and Irvin knew exactly how to preserve it with a frame to keep it safe from UV, humidity, tearing, etc. He also has a great eye for design and helped me pick out colors and materials that complement the piece. I’m extremely satisfied with the result and will be honored to hand down the piece to my son one day.
Justin Peterson
Justin Peterson
15/03/2023
Amazing attention to detail! Irvin provided regular updates on the status of our framing project and the end result was just beautiful. Highly recommend Stafford Framing for any/all framing needs.
Michelle Wood
Michelle Wood
04/03/2023