When commissioning a piece of furniture the whole process starts with an informal chat. This is best held in the location where the finished piece will sit. This helps to give clues about size, materials, function and style as well as schedule and budget.
The next step is for me to produce initial sketches. This usually results in many new questions and a second meeting is likely. By the end of this meeting most of the details will be finalised and I will be in a position to make a model.
I will create a three dimensional computer generated model and rendering. This is a realistic model which enables you to visualise the finished product and how it would look in the real world. It allows us to explore alternative design ideas and visualise alternative finishes.
When the design is finalised, and agreed a deposit is requested. This is to cover material costs and preliminary work. The project is then scheduled in the workshop diary.
Once work begins on the piece there will still be regular communication. As the piece progresses, updates will be sent by email and workshop visits are welcomed by appointment.
The process can be as involving as you like. It is essential to enjoy the process and to make the most of it. It is often surprising to discover how the physical construction is achieved and the hidden complexities involved.
Each piece is a one off, you can be sure that you won't see another one the same and all items are signed and dated to guarantee quality.
If all this sounds like something you would like to experience for yourself, please do not hesitate to contact me.