The development of most commissions falls into the following four stages. Clearly it is desirable to meet at the outset and, where possible, I like to see where the furniture is to be placed, the surroundings will have an influence on my design proposals.

STAGE AAn initial meeting where we can look through my portfolio of past work to establish those designs you like best and that would form the basis for your commission. I would need to take dimensions or receive plans of the space, and note any special features or obstacles. Normally I make no charge for this stage beyond the reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses.

STAGE BI would prepare initial design proposals with preliminary costings for your consideration. Where practical I would present my drawings in person and make alterations if required. For long distance commissions this may have to be done by E-mail or FAX. My Fee for this stage would be 10% of the estimated cost of the project and where a commission is confirmed this fee can be added to the overall cost.

STAGE CFor some more complex projects a prototype, mock-up, or model may be required. I would supply a separate quotation for this work in advance. For many commissions this stage can be omitted.

STAGE D When you have agreed a design, prices and a suitable time scale, you would place an order for us to make the furniture. At this point I would ask for an initial payment of 1/3rd with the balance on delivery. For some larger projects I may ask for further stage payments as the work proceeds.

Throughout the commission you would be dealing with me personally and I would ensure that all materials and workmanship are maintained at the highest standard. You would always be welcome at the workshop to see work in progress.   Currently I do not employ any assistants directly and will be making the piece myself.   For a larger project I may subcontract this to another skilled maker or workshop, but this would only be done with your agreement.