Frequently Asked Questions

Do you specialize in one era?

I am conversant in all historical eras, going back to classical Greek and before that to Ancient Egyptian, as well as with more modern avant-garde and contemporary styles.

Do you have a catalog?

My carvings are one of a kind creations--clients hire a commission when that perfect piece for their unique environment is unavailable even in the most prestigious stores. While I do not have a catalog, I do invite you to look through some selections from my portfolio that may inspire you.

How does the design/commission process work?

The design process begins by the opening of a dialog with an email or a telephone call. Some clients have a preconceived idea, or perhaps even a drawing, of what it is that they want while other clients will come to me with just a general impression of what it is that they're looking for. With both types of client, we'll meet and discuss the project. I'll then take their thoughts and ideas and turn them into something concrete.

As we begin to hone in on the specifics of the design, I'll generally come to the place where the carving is ultimately going to be located to get a feel for the environment. If the location is one which has yet to be built, I'll review the architectural drawings or whatever documents are available. I then synthesize all this information into a rough scaled drawing. I review this drawing with the client and once we feel that we've nailed down what it is that the client wants, the commission begins.

The commission begins with a full scale drawing submitted for the client's approval. The client then signs off on the full scale drawing and places a 50% deposit. The remainder is due upon delivery.

How do you estimate cost?

Cost is based on the intricacy of the design and the amount of man hours that it is estimated to take to bring the design to to fruition. 

What wood should I use?

I personally select the wood for each project. The right wood is chosen based on carvablity and its relationship to the surrounding woods in the house. This process sometimes take hours of sorting through large piles of timber to select a piece of wood that has the right grain, carvability, and appearance. Some grains of wood are so beautiful by themselves that they are better left uncarved.