After the initial inquiry for a piece of custom furniture I would suggest you visit my workshop to look at current projects and examples of finished pieces . This is a good way to see the quality and attention to detail I incorporate into my work. Commissioning a piece of handmade furniture is generally a collaborative effort between the client and maker. It is rare for a client to have fully formed ideas about what they want. A home visit can also give me an idea of your tastes. I will be happy to look at any sketches or photographs you might have to give me an overall sense of the piece you have in mind. I am also happy to reproduce any of the pieces from the portfolio if you see something you like.
The initial meeting will begin with a discussion to get a general idea of what you have in mind, a rough idea of the project, materials, and budget will be discussed. From there sketches are produced and we will meet again to discuss any refinements that are necessary. At this point a $200.00 design fee is required, if you later decide not to go ahead with the project the design is yours to keep. The client should give a lot of thought to the materials they wish to have the piece built from. A piece of custom furniture will last many generations, so do not skimp on materials. Choosing a less expensive wood will have a relatively small impact on the final price of a piece.
Once a design has been finalized and approved a 50% deposit is taken. Your place is then reserved on my production schedule and materials are purchased. The remaining balance will be due upon delivery or before shipping. All prices exclude tax and shipping, delivery of custom pieces is free within a 50 mile radius of my workshop.