Commission

If you have looked elsewhere and not found anything to fit your needs, or you have been inspired by a fine box in the style of my work then commissioning a new piece may be for you.

Commissioning a fine handmade box is an exciting and fulfilling experience. You will be the owner of a beautiful and unique object, designed and made to your precise requirements and to our exacting standards. You will be involved from the very beginning with the design and selecting the types of wood.

What kind of box do you want?

You probably have an idea of the sort of decorative box you require, its purpose at the very least. It could be a large humidor for your increasing collection of Havanas, maybe a jewellery armoire or valet box for that special person, possibly even a box made to present a special gift to celebrate a retirement or graduation.

Maybe there is a type of wood or colour that you like, certain details or a motif that you want incorporated. The size and purpose of the box will be important.

How much will it cost me?

A unique fine handmade box designed and created to your precise requirements will be more costly than a mass produced box of inferior quality. The complexity of the chosen design, the quality and cost of the materials and the amount of work involved will affect the price. However, I can work with you to shape your requirements to your budget.

The initial consultation

An initial consultation can take place over the telephone or through email correspondence.

Your precise requirements will be identifed, including the purpose of the box, its dimensions and any specific features or motifs. Wood types and colour, preferred finishes and hardware can be discussed. Any additional preferences or concerns can be considered. For more complicated commissions, it may be necessary to meet to discuss these requirements at length.

The design

Your preferences and requirements will help me to develop a design for you. This design will evolve through a number of drawings which will be sent to you, these will allow us to clarify or change requirements as necessary. Likely costs and timescales will also be provided.

The written proposal

When we have arrived at a final design and agreed on price and timescales I will then send you a written proposal. This will include dimensions, materials, final price, expected start and delivery dates and any other previously discussed costs.

Creating the box

Normally a deposit of 50% of the full price is required before I will book a slot in my work schedule. This allows me to make a firm commitment to you and other clients who may be waiting for their commission to begin. The remaining balance should be paid prior to delivery. Fine handmade boxes exceeding £1500 may require staged payments to be negotiated.

Post commission

I am sure you will be completely happy with your new box and the commissioning process as a whole. The fine handmade box should give you a lifetime of pleasure. I will also advise you on how to best maintain your box for the future, including likely issues with wood movement and the most appropriate polish.

Should you have any concerns at all then I will always be available to discuss them. Your satisfaction and of course your business is very important to me.