COLLABORATIVE DESIGN: The success of my business is founded on a collaborative design process that reflects the vision and needs of each customer, while at the same time satisfying my own sense of aesthetic and quality.
COMMUNICATION: Most importantly, you will be working with me in all aspects of a project. I strive for a professional yet casual and comfortable relationship where communication is clear and efficient. Face to face meetings are ideal but email and online collaborative tools like Trello are a close second.
FIRST STEPS: This process typically begins with an exchange of sketches and images to convey the aesthetic you wish to see in the finished piece. I often suggest a search on Google Images to jumpstart this process. In addition we’ll discuss functional needs, dimensions, wood species, etc. I’ll always visit the space if possible to get a better feel of the context where a piece will eventually live.
BUDGET: A sense of budget is also critical before I can move forward. My approach to design, choice of joinery and materials will differ based on a $1,000 budget and a $10,000 budget. We can determine an estimate or cost-not-to-exceed in advance so things stay comfortably within expectations. Typically I will ask for 30-50% to be paid in advance. The final payment will be requested upon delivery and your total satisfaction.
REFINEMENT: Once I have a sense of aesthetic and budget, I’m ready to begin the design process in earnest. I work with a 3D design program where I can create dynamic views of a design which can be reviewed over email - or over my shoulder. This creative and fluid workflow allows the client to see exactly where a design is at any given point. Ideas can be experimented with, discarded or developed further.
FINAL DESIGN APPROVAL: The final drawings I create allow a customer to know with confidence what they are getting and what it will cost well before the sawdust begins to fly. These drawings become my shop drawings.
SAWDUST!: Finally, the sawdust! The real work takes place in my woodworking studio on Lummi Island. Meticulously laid plans are manifest into a physical object!
DELIVERY: Getting a piece of furniture from Lummi Island to your home can be time consuming and expensive. Typically I will personally deliver if the destination is within a few hours drive. This gives me the most peace of mind. Alternatively, crating and shipping via freight is always an option as well as blanket wrap carriers. There’s always a way!
Besides private homes throughout the region, my work can be seen in a number of commercial establishments.
UISCA IRISH PUB, BELLINGHAM: Enjoy a Guinness on the mahogany bar I created in 2007.
HOLIDAY INN HOTEL and SUITES, BELLINGHAM: Kulshan Board Room conference table.
ARTISAN WINE GALLERY, LUMMI ISLAND: Sample some wines and chocolate with Pat and Rich.
WILLOW'S INN, LUMMI ISLAND: Treat yourself to dinner at this now world famous restaurant where I've created all the dining tables.