What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Each job must be priced based on material choices and the estimated time it will take to complete the process. Some jobs use expensive material, but are simple and quick to complete. On other jobs the material is minimal, but may require a long, laborious processes. I like to be fair and only charge for what I'm actually doing.
After our design consultation, I can carefully lay out the job, create an initial rough drawing, estimate material, and break down into individual jobs. Then I'll estimate how long each part will take, add it all up, and arrive at a price that is fair for all. The price will not change unless we make major design or material changes.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
You should have a relatively good idea of what you're looking for, and be able to describe it in a few words (IE: 60 inch bathroom vanity). Get together any images, videos or drawings that illustrate desired design details (function, specs, material, joinery, finish). Next, set up a design-consultation by phone. This gives us a chance to fine tune your ideas. I then create an initial design and provide you with a rough drawing, price and time estimate. You either okay the design and pricing, or we can make changes. Here are some design options to get you thinking.
Desk, Vanity, TV Stand, Dining Table, End Table, Night Stand, Wardrobe, Dresser
Size, Drawers, Doors, Legs, Top
/ *Please note, traditional joinery using select hardwoods, will result in a finer piece at a higher price point
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I'm a self taught wood worker who's been at it for over 20 years. See my gallery to view some of my work. I'm also a retired New York City fire captain, who has a deep knowledge of construction of all kinds.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I went to a technical high school and started to build and design at a very young age. As a New York City firefighter and captain, I was afforded the time to pursue other projects, and I eventually set up a full shop in the early 1990's. I still love to build, create, design, and see that process to fruition from beginning to end.
That happens every time I build a hand crafted custom piece of furniture for a customer.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I started designing and building for my friends and family, but once my work got out there, word of mouth led me to a wide variety of clientele all across the NYC tri state area. I work mostly with residential, specialty jobs, where the customer wants a one-of-a-kind piece built just for them.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I just completed a "Double Pedestal Partner Desk" for a loyal customer. A figured maple slab sits atop a cherry base, the result is dramatic contrast, and a sheer delight to gaze upon. This job was all about functionality meets beauty. I think I achieved that goal. I worked on this project for about 4 weeks.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
There are lots of carpenters out there, but wood working is a passion. If you can tap into someone's passion about designing, creating, and building beautiful furniture, you're guaranteed great results.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Can you design as well as build furniture? Have you designed or built anything like this in the past? How many years have you been wood working? What are your ideas about this project. Will you sketch up the design before beginning? Will I be involved in the design process? What are my options?