Please read all of the following before placing your order
Each custom portrait is expertly designed to include as much character as possible. I start with a hand drawing and then transfer it into the computer to refine the details paying extra attention to brickwork, stonework, and anything that might be especially important to you like a special bird feeder or handmade mailbox. Once the design is finished I send a picture for approval and then the production process begins. Every portrait is finished front and back with 2 coats of stain, 3-4 coats of varnish, and 1 satin top coat. The process takes several days because each layer needs to cure before the next one can be applied. Once it is complete I take pictures for my records and then send you the finished piece.
Materials: Premium 1/4” Birch plywood (made with formaldehyde-free glue), solid Poplar (grown and milled in America), steel bolts (Made in America), stains and finishes from AMF (non-toxic, eco-friendly, and made in America). For more information about the materials I use go to my About page.
Typical dimensions with base: 18” W x 24” H x 4” D
Typical weight: 3-5 lbs
Color options: Black or Brown (see pictures for reference). Custom color available (+$30).
Lead Time: 1-2 weeks plus whatever waitlist I have when you place your order (more details below)
Some assembly required upon arrival. There will be instructions in the box and I’m always available if you have any questions
More detailed information and instructions
How this works: Upon placing your order there will be a form where you can specify the details of your portrait. This form will include the text for your plaque, which wood color you’d like, the address of the building you would like depicted, and more. I ask for the address so I can look it up on Google Street View for reference pictures. I will send a followup e-mail to collect more photos, so if the building is no longer standing, has been significantly renovated, or isn’t visible from the street it won’t be a problem. I like to work from as many photos as possible so please submit as many as you can, even if they are blurry or only show part of the building. The form will also have a section for you to submit any questions or requests and I’m available anytime via the “Contact” tab. Your spot on the waitlist is not secured until you have replied to the followup e-mail and submitted all photos for your portrait.
Lead Time: Each sculpture takes 1-2 weeks to design and produce, plus the waitlist I have when you place your order. Once the design is finished I will send you a picture for approval. You have 7 days to request any changes. If I do not hear from you within those 7 days the design will be finalized and cut. Once the design is cut it will be stained and finished which take 3-5 days. It is then packed and shipped via USPS Priority Mail and usually arrives within 1-3 business days. Everything you need to assemble it will be inside including instructions and I’m available if you have any questions.
The Waitlist: The waitlist can get very long, especially before the holidays, please plan accordingly. I highly suggest placing Christmas orders before October. You can email me anytime to find out how long the current wait list is.
Purchasing additional copies for friends and family: I now offer the option of purchasing multiple copies of your design so you can gift them to friends and family. They are available for $150 each and you can order as many as you want. You will also have the option of purchasing them in the future but you will have to pay for additional shipping.
Terms and Conditions
Refunds and exchanges: Because this is a custom piece I do not offer refunds or exchanges.
Cancelations: You can cancel your order for free within the first 48 hours of placing your order. If you cancel after the first 48 hours but before I begin designing your portrait the cancelation fee is $75. If you cancel your order after I begin working on your portrait the fee is $225.
Pictures and social media: I take pictures of every design I make for my portfolio. I sometimes post those photos on my website and/or social media pages. I like to include a little back story and information about the architectural significance of the building if there is any. I will never include names or locations related to the piece without explicit permission. I like the option of including an original photo of the building but will ask before doing so. If I post any information that makes you uncomfortable you can contact me to have it edited.