Veteran makes business dream a reality

MARIETTA – A Marietta man has fulfilled a dream with the opening of a framing shop.

REsolve Studios Framing and Sculpture is located behind Kmart on Pierce Street where Todd Morrow, 52, of Marietta decided two years ago he wanted to open a framing shop.

“I’ve been open for about a month and a half,” he said Tuesday. “It’s been by word of mouth only…It’s time to get open and make it official.”

Morrow said he’s been building the business up since he decided to open a shop.

“Slowly but surely, I’ve been buying stuff up,” he said.

Morrow has been a part of the REsolve Studios on the west side of Marietta for several years. He said fellow members Geoff Schenkel and Michelle Waters usually needed frames for paintings and photographs.

“They would need frames done,” he said. “I’d build them; I have framing experience.”

In fact, Morrow served in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years and while he was stationed abroad, in England, he got a job in the custom frame shop on base.

“Since we were overseas, access in the local economy (to custom frames) was limited. It was neat. I decided I liked it; it goes with my woodworking. I’ve always liked to work with my hands, so that was perfect,” he said.

Morrow’s experience overseas was shared by his ex-wife, Melinda Morrow, 51.

“He started carving way back when we lived in England,” she said. “There were these things I really coveted, Welsh love spoons. All he had was maybe a pen knife and a pocket knife. I always thought he was pretty artistic.”

Melinda said she and Todd went to many wood carving shows, which were shared with the family.

“We used to go to a lot of wood carving shows and we’d make it a family affair,” she said. “We worked on the Community Totem Pole together too.”

The totem pole was in the Incredible Community Playground, which was demolished in 2010. Though the totem pole no longer exists, the concept behind the pole is framed in the reception area in Todd’s shop.

Morgan Morrow, 27, said she’s thrilled about her father opening his shop.

“I am really excited and proud of him,” she said. “It’s been a long time coming. We’re really proud of him for trying to sell his art. We’ve known he’s talented for a really long time.”

Todd said the pricing of his custom frames varies, depending on what the customer wants.

“They run anywhere from $50 and up,” he said. “There’s lots of acid free and conservation, UV resistant glass and museum quality glass…It depends on what someone wants.”

Morrow said he’s even built a frame with a motorcycle chain and parts.

In addition to frames, Morrow said he’d be selling sculptures. One sculpture, “Lifetime Habit,” was entered into the Ohio Veterans Art Competition in Chillicothe. It was one of two pieces that won. From there, the sculpture was entered into the National Veterans Creative Art Festival and won the woodworking prize.

“There were 53 winners in different categories,” Morrow said. “I was pretty thrilled to say the least.”

Morrow said he’s had about 20 requests for frames in the last six months. He’s hoping that his custom framing business takes off.

“If things go good, in a year I’d like to be downtown somewhere,” he said.