Commissioning a piece of furniture may sound intimidating and expensive, but there is no need for it to be either. This page will outline the normal process I go through when designing and making a piece of furniture for a client. (This can, of course, be changed to suit individual situations.)
1. Contact me
Either at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by clicking here.
You may know pretty much exactly what you want, or have only a vague idea eg “I am thinking of having a desk made”.
We have a preliminary talk, and organise a face to face meeting, ideally at the place where the furniture will be situated.
If a meeting is not possible we work out the next most convenient way of discussing ideas.
At this meeting we will talk about your ideas and preferences. I will show you timber samples and photos of similar work I may have done, and will make suggestions about the possible design, construction and finishing of the piece. We will talk about budget and work out approximate dimensions.
There is no charge for this initial meeting.
The next stage is for me to actually design the piece. I usually need a bit of time for this - in my experience good things rarely happen in a hurry. I will prepare a set of measured drawings, a price and an approximate date for the finished piece.
A modest design fee is charged for this stage.
4. Making the piece
If you decide to go ahead, (and most people do), I will select the timber and keep you informed of the progress of construction. It is important to me that clients feel able to be involved at all stages, so feel free to contact me, or even come to my workshop and see your furniture being made.
I normally reserve the right to make minor changes to the design as construction progresses, for aesthetic reasons, or to fit in with the individual characteristics of the timber being used.
Once your furniture is finished, I will arrange delivery at a mutually convenient time.