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The Commissioning Process

Have A Cup Of Tea With Nick!

Commissioning a project with Acorn Furniture is a unique experience. Nick will encourage your involvement throughout the entire design process, giving you the opportunity to share your thoughts, ideas and vision over a cup of tea! This will often be in his workshop, which helps to give you real insight into how he creates his pieces and helps Nick get to know you and understand what you like, want and need from your bespoke furniture piece. Nick will challenge the brief, offer solutions and explore possibilities to create a beautiful bespoke piece that truly exceeds expectations.

When commissioning a piece of furniture, carving, door or gate, you may have a fixed idea in mind of what you want it to look like. Alternatively you may want to be guided and take advice on what would work best for the chosen location. Nick is passionate about designing and creating the perfect bespoke piece for you. It is therefore beneficial to consider the following when embarking on a new commission so he can gain a full understanding of your objectives:

During an initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts, ideas, designs and specifications with Nick. Types of wood, colours and finishes will be discussed during this stage. Nick will share the benefit of his experience and expertise so you can agree on an appropriate brief.

Following this consultation, Nick will develop design concepts using a Computer Aided Design (CAD) programme. This will help you to visualise your commission before any work with wood begins. Nick will give you the opportunity at this stage to discuss the design and structure so you can provide feedback and request amendments. Once you are happy with the design concept and quotation (including the description, critical dimensions, materials, surface finish, cost and payment schedule), Nick will proceed with the creation of your beautifully hand-crafted piece.

These pictures illustrate the development of a design together with the final piece. Sometimes a relatively subtle change can make the difference between a piece of furniture that is acceptable and one that is 'just right'.

Sometimes a design will be emailed to you in the form of a 3D .pdf file you can view and manipulate on your own computer.

> View instructions for how to read a 3D .pdf file