Growing up in a family where
the father is a custom home builder and the mother is a designer it seems
only right that I design and work with wood. Since I was very young I have
been in and around the cabinet shop. This proved very helpful in my college
days at Montana State University Architectural School. Over the past 40
plus years I have designed and built many different projects.
Ideas that may interest you:
includes built-ins, bookcases, entertainment centers, vanities, kitchen islands.
Furniture - includes dining room tables and chairs, hutches, chest, beds, wardrobe, desks.
includes bath and kitchen, mirrors,
coat racks, mantels.
How Do I work
I design and build one project at a time. Design phases consist of a initial visit with you. You give me your ideas, likes and dislikes, in wood, color, and so on. I will then produces and rough free hand sketch along with a estimate. We will then meet again at that meeting you will either be delighted or send me on my way. If you like what you see I will then produce drawings that I can build from. I will then get your signature and a 50% down payment. My next step is then to purchase materials and hardware and start on your project. Time frame
is based on current commissioned work in production plus the time to build your
piece of custom furniture. Typical I am booked up for 12 to 16 weeks.
Why buy custom made furniture? Have you ever stood back and looked at that furniture piece or that
cabinet in the showroom? Notice how the color of all the pieces of the set
are the same. Well, that is due to the stain added to the finish that makes
every piece the same color and gives a muddy look to the finish. The grain
hardly shows through. A custom handmade piece does not have that look. The
craftsman chooses wood that has the desired grain and accents instead of
coloring the finish coat. The real beauty of the wood will then shows through.
Material used by furniture manufactures is not hand selected. It is bought by the truck load. I hand select all my own woods piece by piece. This is a very time consuming, but the results are worth it. Remember high quality materials are not what makes furniture expensive. It
is the labor. Also the factory pays the middleman, trucking companies, crating, and additional overhead that I do not. I'm sure you get the point.
Construction details are another way the factories can save time and money. They use computer controlled machinery to dowel and biscuit joint their materials. I use mortise and tenon joints, dove tail joints. These are old time craftsman joints that have lasted for years and years.
Cost of custom made furniture is of course more than you typical furniture show room that handles that North Carolina factory furniture. Try looking at your upper lines like Stickley, Guy Chaddock, and even the lines by Ethan Allen. I can compete with these companies and many times beat their prices.
Your design to fit that spot. If you need a armoire that will house a 33"
TV and fit in that corner you can have it made. Try that with one of the other companies.
Thank you for visiting my web site
Please send me a note if you need more info or would like a quote on a furniture item or cabinet.