Stage One – Brief
After your initial enquiry and once we have discussed what it is that you would like to commission, I will need to obtain a design brief.
Of course, nowadays, much of what we all do can be done remotely if you’d prefer. However nothing can replace having eye-to-eye contact and getting a feel for where a commissioned piece is to be placed. This dialogue will cover the proposed commission in more detail; your tastes, the practicalities, possible materials, timing, budget and our terms. After which, I will send you a letter confirming all of the above for the avoidance of any doubt.
Stage Two – Design
I will then go away and sketch, lock myself in a darkened room, do whatever is needed to come up with at least two options for you.
After refining these ideas on the 3D CAD system I will create a presentation to be delivered again preferably in person. This will include the designs, materials, a fixed quotation and an estimated delivery date. Modifications will be made if required, materials decided on and all being well, the commission will be confirmed and booked into the workshop diary.
Stage Three – Create
Now the fun really starts and you can be as involved as you’d like to be!
I will be sourcing some exceptional timber and conditioning it ready for its intended location and working up the design drawings into a full specification. Then the making begins and it is always so much more enjoyable if we go through this voyage of discovery together so I will involve you as much or as little as you’d like. As every piece is a one off, often small improvements occur to me as we go through the process and I’ll clear these with you as we progress.
Stage Four – Install
Once completed, I take great pleasure in delivering the piece to you and installing it.
The ‘reveal’ is always a nerve wracking and exhilarating moment, as, by this stage I will have fallen in love with the piece and I will be hoping that you will feel the same way. Happily we have a history of very happy customers who were all blown away by ‘their’ piece.