I will consider a commissioned piece provided it lies in one of my areas of interest. There will be times, when for one reason or another, that I will tell someone that I will put them on a list and if/when I do such a piece, will notify them to find out whether or not they’re still interested. If the subject is one which does not interest me, I will let the person asking know up front and, if possible, let them know someone who does do the kind of work they’re seeking.
I am not a production carver and will not accept a commission for 30 or 50 of a certain piece. (On a similar vein, all of my pieces are copyrighted and purchase does not include the right to mass duplicate in any way.)
I am open to carving custom canes and staffs. Using a cane myself, I know how unattractive some of the devices can be. All of my canes are rootcanes — no one can make a sturdier “attachment” of shaft to handle than Mother Nature! Depending on my backlog and the design, a custom cane takes a minimum of six to eight weeks. In the rootcane section, there is additional information concerning length, etc.
One type of rootcane I carve, which has received a lot of attention, is called a genealogy cane. Three generations are generally “tracked” in detail. Contact me for more information and pricing.
I am not responsible for the proper use of a cane and strongly suggest that the length be checked out by an orthopedic specialist.
Other Items of Interest
Due to the intricacy/detail of certain of my pieces, the owner may wish to protect them within a glass dome. I’ve found that Miles Kimball carries a fairly complete line of domes which will fit over my pieces. You can check for them at their website http://www.mileskimball.com/MilesKimball/
I can’t say enough nice things about my web designer. Eric Martin has been fantastic to work with. His web designing skills and way of working with artistic clients is beyond compare. I would highly recommend contacting him, if you’re interested in any of his services. undergroundprofessional.net
Billing, shipping and insurance
The State of Illinois mandates that I charge and collect 8 percent sales tax on all sales, no matter where the item is being shipped. The price listed includes this 8 percent tax to make it easier on the purchaser.
Shipping is done using USPS priority mail wherever possible — flat rate, when that is most cost effective. This means that shipping is not dependent on weight alone, but more on the size of the box and whether it’s being shipped to a domestic or international destination. It is for this reason that final billing can’t be determined directly on the site.
Any order over $100 will be insured and all orders will be set up for on-line tracking. If for some reason you do not want to pay for insurance, please let me know in advance — but realize that the burden is on you, if anything happens to the package and its contents.
Purchase does not include the right to mass duplicate any item in any manner whatsoever.
I’ve found some of the best prices around to be through Stoneman Distributors. I actually went to London, Ontario (where they’re located) to pick up a supply. The owner, Robert Morgan is an exceptionally skilled sculptor with a sense of humor. You can check the place out at http://www.stoneman.ca or contact Robert at 519-668-3996 or firstname.lastname@example.org.