Commissioning and OrderingOccasionally I have pieces on hand to sell, but more often than not, I donít. The majority of pieces are made to order. Once in a while, clients will want to change the dimensions of a piece or wood specie which in many cases is possible. The only way to find out is to call or email me. If you need more information about a piece Iíll be happy to provide it.
While it can appear daunting, the process of commissioning a new piece really isnít. Each commissioned piece Iíve done, and that includes most of the pieces in this web site, have all gone through a similar process.
It starts with a discussion about the piece you have in mind and, if practical, a visit to your home or office. What you like or dislike about my work is likewise important. Listening is a virtue at this stage. At some point, Iíll ask you some questions; and once I have an idea of what youíre looking for, Iíll do two or three sketches. Often these are freehand drawings, which I can then scan and email to you.
Your thoughts about the sketches moves the process further along. A rough estimate of costs at this stage can also be made. Moreover, discussions and drawings can go back and forth until we have a concrete idea of how the piece will look and function. Unless your heart is set on a particular specie, I can help with samples and a dose of my own thoughts about them.
The last stage is to provide you with a 1/4Ē scale, or larger, drawing that includes front, side, and top elevations, and the final cost of the piece, less shipping. In addition, I will provide you with wood and other material samples, as necessary.
The cost of the design process, which is separate from the cost of the commissioned work, typically runs between $250-$400 depending on how much back and forth is required.
Payments for the final piece typically are made as follows: a 10% deposit to schedule the piece; 40% when I begin construction; and the final 50% upon completion, prior to shipping. At any time you are welcome to come by my shop to see how your piece is progressing. I put an enormous amount of myself into each piece. It is unthinkable not to guarantee my work.