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Local custom framer opens unique shop in Hesperia
Byron Ward only ‘Master Certified Picture Framer' in Southern California
Putting the world in a frame is a broader picture of exactly what Byron Ward does.
Ward, a Master Certified Picture Framer, owns HD Art N Frame and is making a lasting impression on customers with his custom framing work.
“We feel like we got Old World craftsmanship from a world class expert at an extremely competitive price for his expertise,” Steve Berganini said.
He and his wife tried Hobby Lobby and Michael’s to get custom framing for a painting they bought in Hawaii, but due to the thickness of the canvas neither could offer a frame that would fit all the way around, Berganini said.
Repeat customer Ron Olson said Ward framed four autographed photos from the television show, Gunsmoke, and added touches to the piece that Olson didn’t expect, such as glass to protect the ink from the sun, watermarked paper and an insignia from the show.
“Once you have him do something you just can’t go to anybody else,” Olson said. “It’s obvious that nobody could do a better job.”
After 17 years of commuting to Fort Irwin where he worked as a “Senior Manager on the Facilities Maintenance contract,” with his contract at Fort Irwin ending, Ward said he decided to open a custom framing business in June.
Ward, who said he’s always liked doing work with his hands, became a Certified Picture Framer through the Professional Picture Framers Association in 2007, and in January he obtained the highest certification of Master Certified Picture Framer and is the “only one in Southern California” out of 60 worldwide, he said.
“He’s amazing — an artist when it comes to framing,” Janet Penn said. “He did a stellar job, went over and above what I expected, over and above what Michael’s would have done.”
Penn said she had several pieces to commemorate her son’s graduation from Michigan Tech University — a tassel, university logo, engineering drawings, copper and aluminum — with Ward also unexpectedly preserving the pieces, she said.
“To do a great job should be the goal of anyone in business, it’s just a matter of professional pride,” Ward said. “This is my profession and I want to do an outstanding job and that includes putting out the best product I have in design and construction.”
With a desire to give back to the community, each month Ward donates a piece of art for a local cause and accepts donations for raffle tickets with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the cause.
“A small way — too small actually that I’ve given back,” Ward said.
Ward also sells art, home decor and prints and offers a corner for local artists to showcase their work, currently offering work done by Artists of the High Desert, he said.
The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony by the Hesperia Chamber of Commerce will be at 10 a.m. Friday at 11850 Hesperia Road, Suite 7 in Hesperia.
For more information, call 760-963-4942 or visit www.HDArtNFrame.com. Days and hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday.