Why commission a peice of furniture?
You know what you want.  You have a mental picture of it.  You have searched high and low, but to no avail.  What you find is either too big, too small, almost the right colour, but not quite.  It is time to consider commissioning a furniture maker to create exactly what it is that you are looking for.
Preparing to commission
What do you want?You should have a reasonably clear idea of the size, functionality and colour of the piece.
How much do you wish to pay?A piece made to your particular requirements will, inevitably, be more expensive than one factory made.  The price of a piece will be determined to some extent by the materials used.  More important however, will be how complicated the design is, how long it takes to make and the finish required.  If you have a budget, the design can be tailored according to that budget.
Design feeFor more distant locations or complex proposals, a design fee may be payable, reflecting the costs of visiting you, researching and preparing the design.
The commissioning process
Commissioning a piece of handmade fine furniture is a very personal, enjoyable and rewarding experience in which the client takes an active role at all stages of the journey from workshop to their home.
Initial consultationThe initial consultation will take place in your home or office and will establish your exact functional requirements, particular features and dimensions for the piece.  At this stage if you have particular likes or dislikes they can be discussed and highlighted.  Wood samples and different finishes can be perused.  The intended location of the furniture will also be viewed.
The designThe design is the collation of all your preferences and requirements, resulting in a piece that is unique to you.  As the design evolves, I will provide sketches and drawings and a calculation of the likely cost.  It will fulfil your practical needs.  More importantly, I will create a personal piece that you enjoy using, looking at, and just being near.  You will understand what is special about its construction.
The proposalOnce we agree a final design, price and time scale, a written proposal will be drawn up, including:
- Firm final price
- Payment terms
- Expected start, finish and delivery date
- Delivery cost