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ConsultancyA consultancy service is provided to clients on a range of furniture and furniture related issues. Services range through teaching, speaking and lecturing engagements, advice on timber technology issues, to technical advice concerning processes, procedures and project planning in order to improve production of a range of wooden artefacts such as furniture and joinery. I help clients experiencing problems with their products, such as joinery failure, finishing or polish issues and insect infestation, to qualified expert professional opinion in disputes between a client and a furniture supplier/maker. Similarly, assessment of repair needs are provided for insurance purposes in cases where, for example, furniture is damaged during storage and/or delivery, water damage, etc.
Furniture design and manufacture
I undertake a variety of furniture commissions for which I have standard charges and terms of business. The process usually involves the client contacting me and we meet, most commonly at the client's home, office, etc where an overview can be formed of the final location of the piece and a sense of the client's, needs, preferences, etc. At the initial meeting we discuss the range and scope of the project and establish the budget. I can also work from initial sketches and designs emailed or posted to me by the client.
After the initial meeting a written brief is created and forward this to the client to ensure that the essential needs and parameters of the project are described and itemised. This ensures that both parties are working towards the same goals. If there are any discrepancies this is the ideal opportunity for corrections to take place.
After this the process of designing the piece or pieces begins. When concept sketches and presentation drawings are ready the client is contacted and, usually, another meeting arranged to present the design or designs along with an indication of charges, including delivery and installation charges if these apply.
There may be further refinement of the design work required. Small changes are usually quite simple to manage on the spot, but major changes might need further design development, additional concept sketches and a new cost estimate.
When the client approves the design the necessary working drawings are created, all the charges are finalised and any other fees, eg, delivery and installation. The client approves the job by signing an agreement and a deposit paid. A delivery date is discussed and agreed at this point and the work begins.
Below: Typical concept drawing
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