The process of commissioning work
The relationship between client and craftsman is
an important one. You will want to
explore your options and to engage with the individual or team with whom you have
the best rapport and the most confidence.
Criteria for selection will vary by project and client.
Indicators for success may be addressed through the artist’s portfolio of
work, references and direct conversation, either by telephone or through a personal
Things to look for:
work that reflects a style to which you are drawn
capacity to execute a wide variety of styles and
range of techniques which may apply to your project
experience in completion of projects like yours
Whether you are doing a complete remodel, a kitchen,
a library, your dining room or primary living space, or if you are looking to commission
an individual piece of furniture, completion of the work will happen over anything
from several weeks to many months.
A clear understanding between you and the artist, an agreement about the materials
to be used and a sense of the timeline for completion are critical.
Projects range from those that come with CAD drawings,
to rough sketches, to folders of images from magazines, to broad concepts where
execution of the vision will be left to the artist’s imagination.
Each of these circumstances offers a different set of opportunities and challenges
and an open dialogue facilitates success.
At Piper Woodworking, initial contact is welcomed via
telephone or e-mail. We work with designers,
contractors and individuals
on a wide range of projects and across and broad range
of styles. When possible, the first
consultation may occur at the shop, affording the client the opportunity to look
at the operation, at completed work and work in progress, and to explore wood or
veneer choices, if appropriate.