Here are some questions we’re often asked about commissioning bespoke furniture and how we work. If you don’t find the answer you need here then just give us a call or drop us an email.
What types of furniture do you make?
We’ll make almost anything. We specialise in bespoke furniture. Everything’s a one-off, so in design terms, the world’s your oyster. You can ask us to make whatever you’d like. We’ve made beds, chairs, coffee tables, kitchen tables, dining tables, extending tables, hall tables, console tables, wardrobes, cupboards, mirror frames, giant bread boards (seriously!), bookcases, shop fittings, office and study furniture, and even complete kitchens.
What wood do you use?
We tend to use hardwoods readily available in the UK though we often source more exotic timber if you require it. So we mostly work in oak, ash and sycamore, all of which are magnificent timbers, as well as being abundant locally. Of the other timbers, american black walnut is a real favourite. We can get hold of most types of wood though, so just ask.
Where does the wood you use come from?
By far the majority comes from the UK, much of it from Scotland, and some even from the surroundings of the workshop. We are sometimes able to tell you exactly where the tree was felled.
How “green” is wooden furniture, considering it involves cutting down trees?
It’s truly amazing how eco-friendly the business of working with wood can be. It all depends on good management of the forests. If they’re managed well then nature will provide abundantly and indefinitely. See this blog post here. It’s about the forests of the Czech Republic (stay with us here, we promise it’s good). The main headline? It takes 108 seconds to grow all the timber required to build a family home. There are other even more impressive stats in there. In all, it’s harder to imagine a “greener” scenario. Indeed wood is widely acknowledged to be the greenest of all building materials, so don’t feel guilty about commissioning something beautiful from this amazing natural resource.
How much might it cost?
We don’t have a price list because almost everything we make is a one-off. All our pieces are priced as part of the commissioning process. We’ll let you know the full costs as soon as we’ve agreed together exactly what we’ll make and from which materials. Only then, if you decide to go ahead, will there be any payment required (typically a 50% deposit). There’s absolutely no obligation or commitment before then. So feel free to call – we love to talk about new projects!
On the actual level of costs themselves, there’s often a great degree of flex in how we physically satisfy the design brief, and that feeds through into the costings. We can “tune” the design to try to hit your budget. Indeed we’re happy to do that, seeing it as part of our commitment to giving you the best experience possible. We can help you shave some costs without compromising the piece, or conversely we can help you create a fabulous piece of decadent, unashamed luxury!
Can I come and see your workshop?
You are welcome! Give us a call to let us know roughly when you’d like to come and we’ll have the kettle on. You’ll get to see the wood we use, the tools we work with and you might even meet Pip the workshop dog. It’s a great opportunity to talk about the piece you’d like us to make. In fact it might spark some great ideas. You can find our location from our contact page.
Do you use hand tools or power tools or both?
We use the best tool for the job, regardless of its origin. That could be a chisel or a scraper that a medieval woodworker would recognise, or a modern power tool. For us it’s all about the achieving the best result possible.
Do you have a retail shop anywhere?
Sorry, we don’t. The costs involved would mean our pricing would need to increase dramatically so we’ve decided to sell directly from our workshop. It’s much better value for our customers.
I’ve never commissioned anything before. Is it difficult?
No, it’s great fun! You can be as involved as you choose in the design work. It’s a great opportunity to create something unique to you. And it’s always satisfying on delivery day to look back at early sketches and marvel at how a finished piece came into being from those early sketches and conversations.