Commissioning a Piece

Commissioning a piece of handmade furniture or special object is an exciting, collaborative effort between maker and client.  I welcome inquiries from individuals, institutions, designers, and architects. From jewelry boxes to credenzas to ironwork, 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 peculiar spot in your house that you have been unable to complete with just that right piece or maybe you would like to commission a piece for a special someone.

One of the first things we discuss is the materials needed. Finding just the right kind of material for a particular project is paramount.  Once the 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.

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 do not necessarily build reproductions.  Rather, I try to work with clients to design and build original pieces that have just the right look and feel. 

Commissioned work often requires months of work.  I invite all clients to visit the shop as often as they like to check the progress of their special piece. 

Payment and Scheduling

Individual pieces generally start around $2,500. Most projects require anywhere from two weeks to three months to complete. 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 items across the country is an expensive proposition, and can therefore not be included in the price of a piece.  Shipping is free within the San Diego area; beyond that, arrangements can be made to have your piece delivered either by myself or via a common carrier.  Pieces requiring crating will incur a $150 fee.  

Alternatively, if you find yourself anywhere near our fair city, you are welcome to pick up completed work from the shop.