Alec Palmer GCF(APF) Adv.

Alec Palmer GCF(APF) Adv
GCF Advanced: Textile Framing
GCF Advanced: Mount Design & Function
GCF Advanced: Conservation Framing Logo

Alec’s Bio

Alec started work age 16 as a gunmaker apprentice at Holland & Holland, London, who are world renowned for their craftmanship. He was then invited to move across to work for an independent H&H qualified consortium of gunmakers working for Asprey’s the jewellers, who were branching out into this field. It was during both these jobs that he discovered the importance of fine wood finishing, and his aptitude for this and quality construction.

His family’s bespoke framing business expanded and he was persuaded to join them. Alongside on the job training at the Guild member business, he passed his first Guild approved framing course with Origin School of Framing in 1993, the year before the Fine Art Trade Guild launched their own Guild Commended Framer qualification.

Moving to Devon in 1998 he worked for a high-volume bespoke framer, becoming Production Manager 18 months later, a position he held until leaving in 2006 to set up The Framing Lot in Dawlish, with his wife Jo. The business was based on the desire to do higher quality bespoke work. In 2013 they became Fine Art Trade Guild members, and Alec passed his Guild Commended Framer exam in 2014, converting to the Guild Certified Framer programme in 2015. He specialises in bespoke hand-finished frames and more unusual frame construction, creating unique profiles and finishes for artist collections and bespoke customers. In recent years he has gone on to pass all three available Advanced modules – in Conservation Framing, Textile Framing and Mount Design & Function. The Framing Lot was the first framing business ever to have two framers who hold all available Guild qualifications.

Alec fully supports the GCF programme – becoming an examiner in 2019 and is a serving member of the Framing Standards and Qualifications Committee.

Qualifications and Accreditations

  • Guild Accredited Trainer
  • GCF Advanced: Conservation Framing
  • GCF Advanced: Mount Design and Function
  • GCF Advanced: Textile Framing
  • Guild Certified Framer GCF(APF)
  • Origin School of Framing


Dawlish, Devon, England, UK