Commissioning a piece of Handmade Furniture

Ladies Oak writing Desk & High back Chair


Commissioning Hand Made Furniture

The decision to commission a piece of hand made wooden furniture is the start of a personal relationship with your craftsman. Only by getting to know you, your home, and your values can Ian create the piece you have in mind.

Before the design process begins, Ian will arrange to visit you at home. This allows him to see the space where the piece will be positioned, to get a feel for its surroundings and how it will be used. This initial discussion will also include your preferences for materials, the dimensions and finishes, and will help him to define your exact requirements.

Following this meeting, you will be presented with design ideas for your individual piece of furniture in the form of dimensional drawings, maybe a watercolour painting and sketches of particular details. This is supported by samples of timber and applied finishes to be used, as well as a carefully structured quotation of proposed costs. There is no charge at this stage for clients who live within a fifty mile radius.

Once a design and quotation is accepted, the client is asked to commit to a 50% deposit, and the order is booked into the workshop diary.

Ian Kirby will take commissions for bespoke furniture throughout Scotland


Furniture workshop visits

Visiting the fully equipped workshop is an excellent way to find out more about commissioning a piece of furniture, as well as to get a feel for the design and manufacturing methods Ian uses.

Visitors can also see a range of work-in-progress pieces, and he is always on hand to offer advice and discuss any specific designs, materials and ideas you would like to develop.

To make an appointment to visit the workshop please contact Ian directly on 07752018033 or by email.