Last century I graduated with an honours degree in ship science and followed this with working for 15 years in the city as a shipbroker. This millennium saw me take a dramatic change in direction by finding my real vocation. Hence, I have been working full time as a bespoke designer and maker of wooden furniture. On moving to Somerset in 2002 I set up my own workshop.
The design process is initiated with the first meeting or conversation where a prospective client advises what they are looking for and outlines any ideas they have and any restraints, including the purse strings. From here I get an idea for what is being sought from the project, and a feel for what style of design will be welcomed. I will also analyse what is the purpose of the piece, or space, to be designed and consider whether its function can be extended or improved? From this an initial design will be proposed, this will then form the basis for further evolution of the project.
Great care is taken in the selection of materials in terms of look and suitability for the function. Each piece of wood is shaped by hand and then polished with natural oils or finished with organic paint to enhance the finished project. In past projects wood has been combined with granite, stainless steal, zinc, leather, glazed lava stone, wire, ceramic, local willow basket work and glass.
I do not have a price list, since each piece or project is unique, and therefore is priced on a one off basis as the design is finalised. The costs are surprisingly affordable, especially in the case of a bespoke kitchen since you are only buying what's required to make the best of your space, as good creative design and planning can actually mean less carpentry making for a more functional kitchen space which will last and be a pleasure to work in for many years to come.