Stribling Design Woodworks - 2724 Michigan St. Bellingham, WA 98226  (360) 671-3739

Design Process

      For me, the design process is one of the most enjoyable aspects of woodworking because it combines customer relations and technical wizardry.  I enjoy sitting down with clients, getting to know their likes and dislikes, their dreams and desires.  Most of all, I enjoy playing my part as their wishes become reality.
      There are a number of considerations to be aware of when designing a piece of furniture, not the least of which is price.  It is important to know how much money the client has to work with, if this is an issue at all.  Custom designed furniture is expensive for obvious reasons, and I sometimes suggest that a client buy retail if what they want can be found there.  Materials selection, joinery techniques and finish can also effect price.  These details are worked out with the client if they are committed to a custom piece of quality furniture.
     Where a piece will be displayed, the style of the surrounding furniture and the color scheme of the room also play a part in the design process.  Although more homes are furnished in a more eclectic style today, there are those who prefer certain themes in individual rooms.  I don't do reproductions, per se, but I do call on certain styles to guide my designs where appropriate.
      In the past I have required face to face meetings with clients for the design process to work to the utmost, but the telephone, e-mail and fax machines can provide almost as much communication. Either way the outcome is the same.  Another satisfied customer looking forward to generations of use and enjoyment from a piece of custom furniture. 

Design Department

Stacking Oak Jewelry
Display Cases

Oak Coffee Table

Stribling Design Woodworks - 2724 Michigan St. Bellingham, WA 98226  (360) 671-3739