Working directly with an experienced craftsman streamlines the path to the product you envision by reducing the number of people between you and your creation to one.
The first step in the design process is to go over the basics of the piece you’re interested in: function, form, color, feel and weight. Start by making a folder of the things that inspire you for your custom piece, be it magazine cutouts, wood, or pictures from a friend’s house. Bring or send this material to make sure your ideas are transferred with the most clarity. My experience working with a wide variety of woods, matching them, and also color-matching with custom mixed colors and stains, affords you a great deal of flexibility in realizing your vision.
During the design process, wood and finish samples, and full scale drawings will be presented for your revision and approval. Once this step is completed, I will put together a price quote and a contract for the furniture piece. Once signed, 50% payment is due for the project to begin. At this point, full shop drawings will be generated and wood selection will begin.
As your project progresses, I will keep you updated with pictures via e-mail, or you are welcome to visit your piece in the workshop. Once the construction of the piece is completed, I will seek your approval before the finishing stage begins. Finishing is an art in and of itself. Therefore, before I start this process, I want to make sure that you are completely satisfied with the piece. An additional 25% payment is due upon approval. At completion, shipping/delivery will be arranged with the final 25% payment. Completion of a project usually takes 4 to 6 months.