We work together to define the specs of the piece based on your interests and historical accuracy. Once a design is agreed upon, we document the specs of the piece and sign-off. I request a down payment to ensure we’re both committed to the project. The payment puts your project in the queue. Usually, there is a short waiting list. Anytime during the process, I’m available for calls regarding consultation about the piece or historical context.
Absolutely. I age the handle to match the head so the piece as a whole well represents the history of the head.
Unfortunately, I don’t do this. My touchmark goes out on all heads forged by me so with that, I need to ensure the quality / integrity of the piece as a whole so I’ll only build a complete piece (head and handle) outside of handling original heads.
No, although, I can create something similar but no two identical pieces. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and often personalized to the owner with favorite totems, escutcheons with initials, etc.
Yes, definitely - all of the weapons are fully functional. My flintlocks are made just like they were in the eighteenth century and will function same as an original. You can use the knives as well. I can sharpen them as sharp as you wish.
Yes, I’ve worked with clients are far as New Zealand and as close as our neighbors up North.
It depends – each piece is different and brings its own level of complexity. I make these like they were originally made so that takes time. My aging process alone takes weeks to accomplish that “centuries old look”. I keep you informed of the progress and send work-in-progress photos and ask for feedback / clarification if needed.
No, only checks or money orders.
I do make some pieces from time to time that go up for sale on my website but only when time allows so it’s not consistent. Best advice is to periodically check my site for what’s available. I will try to feature new pieces on the home page. Most of the work I do is custom commissioned pieces. The site gallery serves as a reference for types of work that I do and as inspiration.