My father, a research chemist, always had a woodshop at home. He built everything from the renovation to fine traditional furniture in our home. Although I didn’t have a lot of interest in his shop as a kid, I always knew the shop was available for projects. When I moved into my first apartment, I needed furniture and made a few crude pieces. While studying horticulture at LSU, I became very intrigued with the engineering, technique and building of furniture. Though my passion for woodworking was solidifying, I had not considered it as a career until I met my wife Genny, a jeweler. she encouraged me to pursue this passion. 

 

Over the next 10 years, I developed a business; participated in the American Craft Council and Wendy Rosen wholesale shows; and exhibited nationally. Today, my work is commissioned by churches and synagogues across the United States. Most of my residential and commercial pieces are commissions. We have developed a kitchen design and cabinet business that has facilitated my ability to focus on one of a kind furniture. I have been in business for 40 years. We have three wonderful children, three dogs, two cats and a flock of chickens.

About Ford

My Pricing

Design

Process

Once we have discussed the function, materials, and details of the piece you need, I will create a design and produce a drawing, with suggested details. There are always choices to be made that will influence the final price. Once we agree on a design and a price, I ask for a 50% deposit with the balance due upon delivery. I generally make pieces in the order in which deposits are received, and delivery dates depend on how many jobs are ahead of you. If you have a special event or a deadline that you need your piece(s) in place by, I will make every effort to accomodate your schedule.

In general, there is no charge for residential delivery in the Baton Rouge area. Delivery charges are required for locations outside of BR, for multiple pieces or unusual installations. Shipping can be arranged for deliveries for out of state.

Delivery Fees

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