Bespoke commissions for private and business clients are an integral part of what I do.
My commissions vary from a small ring box to a complex cabinet or sculpture. I aim to make the process as seamless as possible, limited in form with substantial thought behind every square inch.
Sometimes it can seem a daunting prospect when commissioning that special piece, so to help simplify things here's my step by step guide to every commission I undertake.
What are your aspirations for the project, including in which way do you wish to personalise your special item? Think of:
·Size - Dimensions, length, width and height.
·Style - For example, modern contemporary, traditional, art deco, mid century etc.
·Woods/Veneered ply - Including light coloured woods, such as: Sycamore, Maple, White dyed Oak.
Medium coloured woods: Oak, Elm, Chestnut.
Dark coloured woods, such as Walnut, Yew, Rosewood.
·Hardware - Does your commission require silver, gold, or brass fittings such as hinges, locks or handles?
·Finish - How will it be finished, for example with Danish oil, bees wax or lacquer?
After I have received detailed information I can then begin to price up the project ahead, taking in to consideration materials and labour involved.
The design process starts here, where I'll sketch up potential design ideas.
(All of my designing is free, I only charge for the construction)
Once one of the sketched designs has been selected I can then use the computer program named Illustrator. This programme gives a detailed three dimensional digital drawing of the project with correct dimensions, proportions and colours.
When you're completely satisfied with the design of your bespoke piece, the making process can begin!
I will then give you a provisional completion date subject to current orders.
(At this point I ask for a 80% deposit of which is then discounted off the total price).
As I work on your project I will keep you updated with the progress through photos and videos.
After receiving the final balance I'll then wrap up your luxury item and post it using the appropriate postal service. I can also deliver by hand depending on the circumstances.
I always endeavour to keep to the original completion date. I hope this guide gives a clear insight into my commission process and I look forward to working with you in the future.