‘The process of finding and keeping happy customers’

I finished this contemporary sideboard a few weeks ago and it was the last piece I’d designed and made for a customer in Glasgow that I’ve been working with for several years now. With a love of solid hardwood furniture he started with a blank canvas; an empty, large, first floor lounge in a Canadian timber kit house in Lenzie, with a cream carpet and walls and no furniture.


The first piece I made for him and his wife, was a coffee table, followed by a large bookcase, a TV cabinet, a console table and last but not least the sideboard. All of the furniture was hand-crafted from solid American White Oak, which is a beautiful timber and varies in colour from pale yellow-brown to biscuit with a pinkish tint. It’s a great timber to work with and easy to finish!

I designed all of the furniture on the computer using Sketchup and my skills have certainly improved in this area over the years and I’m now learning to render my models using Shaderlight, although I still have a way to go!

All of the furniture made for this particular customer was challenging in one way or another and very different from each other. It’s sometimes difficult for potential customers to visualise from a design drawing, what their furniture will look and feel like in their home, but once the first piece in made, finished and in place, the job is done. They can see the quality of the materials and craftsmanship invested in the making and finishing of their beautiful piece of furniture, which they will enjoy for years to come.

Repeat business from a happy customer that loves contemporary, solid hardwood, bespoke furniture – fantastic!

Posted by:euanmackinnon

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