Should I invest in a handmade custom piece?
I have been pondering writing something about this topic for a little while now so here we go..
We here at Timbermill pride ourselves on hand making EVERY piece which goes out of our door. Whether it is a serving board, a stool, or a dining table you can trust that every piece, paint stroke and screw has been done by Tom, our (fabulous) assistant Sam or myself. In todays society, this is becoming a rare thing. When every second piece of furniture comes out of a factory in a country which is generally not Australia, we have put ourselves in a minority which can be both an incredible positive and negative. When one can simply pop into an Ikea* on a Saturday morning and by Saturday afternoon they have a full dining set under $1000.00, sometimes it is hard for people to justify why they should spend $1500.00 on a dining table alone. We are increasingly getting people bargaining with us, and letting us know that they could get a table cheaper elsewhere – these comments dig pretty deep, please remember this.
We try and price our pieces in somewhat of a middle ground, we are not prepared to charge dirt cheap but neither are we charging ridiculous amounts. We price based on the cost of materials and then the realistic labour behind building each piece. If you are considering buying an piece of custom furniture, remember that you are not only buying a piece of furniture (or textile, ceramic, candle and many more) you are buying a unique product which has a story behind it. Consider it an investment. Buying a piece of us means you don’t just get a piece of furniture which has been pumped out in mass quantities, we make everything to order so you are also buying into the long hours, the absolute passion for timber, and the wonderful detail and skill Tom has when making each piece. He and Sam put in such incredible effort into each piece, and in turn you will have a piece of furniture which will last for decades not months. It will have character and charm, and will match practically any space – timber is fabulous like that.
Well there you go, there is my little ramble for the evening, but please support handmade products – it’s worth it. Now I am off to help with the sanding.
Sal x*Just a note, I don’t have anything against Ikea – absolutely love the place, I just think that you should be mixing ikea with your handmade. It will look even better!