TIM HOLTON has been a professional picture framer since 1975. In 1993, he founded Holton Studio Frame-Makers to offer a sound alternative to the generally mediocre quality of frames offered by conventional frame shops. Holton Studio is not only a full-service retail custom framing business, but a complete woodworking shop. Underlying Holton’s design approach is a belief that a picture can only be well framed if it’s in a well-made frame — a frame that’s first properly designed, then carefully crafted in beautiful solid hardwood. Although set up primarily as a local retail operation, by virtue of having an approach unique in the framing industry, Holton Studio has customers from all over the United States. Steeped in the ideals of the Arts & Crafts Movement, Tim’s great heroes are John Ruskin, William Morris, and Berkeley architect Bernard Maybeck. Tim and his wife, Stephanie, a writer, live in the Berkeley Hills in a modest but historic home once inhabited by famed photographer Dorothea Lange. The couple have a grown daughter, Ella, who is a teacher.