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 Geoffrey create the piece you have in mind.
Before the design process begins, Geoffrey 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.
Geoffrey Rowe will take commissions for bespoke furniture throughout Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, London, Surrey and Middlesex.
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 Geoffrey 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.
Geoffrey hosts a one day seminar designed to help individuals decide whether to start their own furniture making business.
Portfolio of Work
View a selection of hand built bespoke furniture, all hand crafted by Geoffrey Rowe
Cabinet Making Tuition
Geoffrey’s furniture making tuition gives students a good foundation on which to learn how to make fine furniture.
Press & Publications
Geoffrey Rowe takes on the tricky challenge of making an extended glass-topped dining table