The consultation phase is one of the most important parts of a custom hardwood art project. During this phase, I get a feel for who this client is and what their interests are.
I’ll also view the space and get a feel for the points of interest, flow, and what furniture (if any) will be in the area.
Oftentimes, I’ll throw out ideas to see what the client leans toward and then even show them a few drawings.
Following the client consultation, I’ll start working on a general idea of what will go in the space. In many cases, I’ll even visit the client again and draw out ideas on the floor. This helps the client visualize the size and scope of the custom hardwood art that will fill the space. For the Moses Project, the inspiration came from a buck seen on the client’s property. He told me it was the largest buck he’d ever seen, almost of biblical proportions. He called it Moses.
Depending on the scope and size of the project, I may have wood custom-milled for the hardwood art flooring. In the case of the Moses project, I used wood from trees felled on the client’s property.
During the build and installation phases, I can usually work on the project in my shop. I can assemble pieces – a process that looks a lot like putting together a puzzle. In the case of a custom hardwood art floor, I get to make the pieces.
After I build the pieces of a custom hardwood art floor in my shop, I bring the pieces to the client’s home for installation. Once the main pieces are laid out, I can fill in the gaps with the wood milled for the project.