“I have been designing and creating one-of-a-kind custom furniture for more than twenty years. Over time I have developed a method and an approach to working with clients that is mutually beneficial. Here is how it works:
1) Initial Contact – If you think you may be interested in my work you can phone or e-mail me. I will endeavor to answer any questions you may have. I can also send you additional photos of relevant pieces I have made.
2) Meeting at the Site – If feasible, I always recommend meeting in person at the site for the intended piece. This way I can appreciate both the space and the context for the piece. During this initial meeting I listen carefully to the clients’ needs and desires and pay close attention to their likes and dislikes in style and design.
3) Initial Sketch and Cost Estimate – By the end of the first meeting I can usually draw up one or more preliminary sketches, taking into account the size and intended location of the piece, its functions and special requirements, the clients’ taste and style preferences and suggested choice of woods. At the end of the first meeting or shortly thereafter, I advise the client on scheduling, and I present a rough cost estimate for the fine woodwork furniture or wood art piece.
4) Design Down Payment – If the client wishes to proceed, a design fee of $150 is due at this time. (The average amount is $150, but this varies somewhat depending on the scope of the piece.) This fee is incorporated into the overall price when the order is made.
5) Detailed Drawings – Upon receiving the design down payment I produce detailed scaled drawings and send these to the client, usually by e-mail within about a week.
6) Concluding the Order – After the client has considered the detailed drawings, sometimes alterations are requested. Upon accomodating these and arriving at the authorized design, we hold an additional final meeting in which I explain all the details and answer any questions. If relevant, I provide specific wood samples. (For overseas orders samples can be sent via express mail.) I present the client with a firm delivery date. Once final agreement is reached the plans are mutually signed, and an invoice is written. I normally take a 50% down payment at this time.
7) Construction – At last the actual execution can begin. I invite the clients to make a visit to my workshop and view the piece in progress.
8) Delivery – Towards completion I contact the client to coordinate the details of delivery. On overseas orders I contact the shipping agent and coordinate the shipping logistics. The excellent shipper with which I work professionally wraps each piece and crates them all into a container. They ship the container to the nearest port , where it is released from customs and trucked to the client. All pieces are professionally wrapped and crated. The final payment is due upon the client’s receiving the piece.
Summary – Over the years I have had the pleasure of creating artistic designer furniture for hundreds of clients both in Israel and abroad. I value the clients’ input, and they enjoy being part of the creative experience. Many have become long term friends, and I treasure these relationships.
I look forward to meeting you.”
- Jeremy Kimchi