Designing your Project

Although I have done successful projects working only from an architect's plans or a client's sketches the best projects are usually a collaborative effort. I meet with the architect, designer, or the client themselves and explore both the practical and artistic aspects of the project. If it is practical I prefer to visit the job site, but it possible to work remotely using digital photos and e-mail to get a sense of the space. I can work in a variety of period styles, but my personal preference is for Art Nouveau and contemporary work which fully expresses the artistic potential of the material.

After assessing the project's requirements I usually prepare sketches of the design concept. This assures that nothing is lost in translation when our verbal concepts are translated into a visual form. With the client's approval of the sketches I prepare a contract and we can get started.

Starting the Job

I request a deposit of between 20% and 50% of the total cost of the project to put it on the shop schedule and start work. Depending on the complexity and size of the job we may elect to make full size samples or a scaled down maquette showing how the design will translate into metal.


Delivery time is entirely dependant on the complexity of the job and how busy the shop is. It is always better to get me involved in a project as early as possible. Not only is it easy to meet a deadline, but it allows me greater artistic flexibility. If I get involved with a project when it is still in the planning stages the possibilities are limitless. I can, and frequently do, design handrails for a staircases which is already built, but the design options are much more limited. That said, I don't build a handrail for a staircase which isn't yet built. That is unless the carpenters plan to build the stairs to fit the handrail, but I haven't seen that one yet.