Commissioning a Piece
Commissioning a piece of handmade furniture is an exciting, collaborative effort between maker and client. I welcome inquiries form individuals, institutions, designers, and architects. From jewelry boxes to rowboats, if you have an idea for a piece, I would love to hear from you.
The process can begin with a sketch, or more often, just a general idea of what you might have in mind. Maybe you have a funny spot in your house that you haven't been able to find anything for, or maybe you'd like to commission a piece for a special someone.
One of the first things we discuss is wood selection; to me, finding just the right kind of wood for a particular project is absolutely paramount. Once the overall scope of the project has been finalized, I will sketch or draft a few possible designs, or possibly build a full-size mockup. Once a design has been finalized and approved, materials are purchased and allowed to season in the shop.
I should mention that while I am happy to look at any sketches or photographs you might have (they are a great way to get an overall sense of a proposed piece), I don't build reproductions. Rather, I try to work with clients to design and build original pieces that have just the right look and feel they are after.
Commissioned work often requires months - or sometimes years - of work. I invite all clients to visit the shop as often as they like to check the progress of their heirloom.
Payment and Scheduling
Individual pieces generally start around $2000. Most projects require anywhere from two weeks to three months to complete, and I generally have a nine to twelve-month backlog. If, after an initial meeting, we decide to proceed, a 25% deposit will place your project in the queue. Another 25% will be due when work begins on your piece. The remaining balance is due upon delivery.
Shipping large, heavy, fragile things across the country is an expensive proposition, and can therefore not be included in the price of a piece. Shipping is free within the Houston area; beyond that, arrangements can be made to have your piece delivered either by myself or via common carrier. Pieces requiring it will incur a $150 crating fee.
Alternatively, if you find yourself anywhere near our fair city, you are welcome to pick up completed work from the shop.