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About Thomas Baker

We provide the knowledge, expertise and quality craftsmanship to restore your residential or commercial property to its original pristine condition. We can match the wood species, duplicate wood and plaster designs to match the original. We can build custom and unique and replica furniture and cabinetry pieces.


6554 James Mill Rd
Crawfordsville, AR 72327

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. We don't do common jobs . If there is no challenge , anyone can do it .

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Ask for examples of past or present projects

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Customers are generally more interested in the cost and outcome of a project than the means in which it is done .
And no.

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. Any specifics about the project , such as age ( if it is a renovation ) or general idea of what species of wood , size , function or use for any other projects . Also a budget and how much they want to spend .

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. We do only quality work and use experienced craftsmen to duplicate existing architectural woodwork . We also build anything from period pieces to buggies to sleighs to boats to suit the customer's needs

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. The challenge of new and interesting projects .

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. What time frame and the cost .
My answers : I can only answer these questions after the project is reviewed and an intent to contract is initiated .

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. I do have a ghost story to tell about a renovation , however not in this space .

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. Only that many people settle for mediocre work , because that is what they have come to expect . We do only quality work and guaranty that workmanship .

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I have been doing this for nearly 40 years and enjoy creating things , whether it's matching a historical or antique wood work or piece or developing a new project .

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. There are two projects we are currently working on ; the first is the reproduction of a New England Dory . And the second is the reproduction of a single horse drawn sleigh .
The dory is being built in our Arkansas shop and the sleigh is being built in our Texas shop

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. Of coarse we follow trade magazines and books for ideas, however most of our projects are completed in the traditional way and crafted by hand . We do employ modern tools and machines to some extent .

Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?

A. Technology in what we do pretty much remains constant .
Our business should not change .

Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.

A. The most resent project was matching solid 6 panel doors in a house and then making them angled at the top to match a ceiling slope and installation in Illinois . Total project $8640.00 and 9 days from start to finish .

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. None

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. First you must have the skill and thousands of dollars invested in hand tools , power tools and a location . You must also have a knowledge of how things were built in the past , what woods were used and a how they were applied . You also need to be familiar with wood species .

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. Will there always be a need for our kind of service ?


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