How do you come up with your design ideas for pieces?
As is true for most artists, my inspiration is influenced by many different sources. Sometimes it’s the grain pattern in an amazing “wood find” that inspires an entire piece. God Himself often amazes me with what beauty He hides deep inside a tree!
Often times I’m inspired by woodworking pieces made by others. I’ll use many of their style elements and add my own signature influences to create my own unique variation. Always growing, always desiring to learn, and never willing to compromise from doing my very best work!
One thing that excites me is the thought of looking back when I’m old at a body of work over time and seeing the progression and history as my small contribution within this noble craft.
How long does it take to build a piece?
It’s hard to answer that question. It depends on the project of course, and how many other orders that I have waiting. A new custom build always takes longer than making a piece similar to one I’ve built before. The other big factor is how many orders that I have waiting. One thing you can be sure of, I will be honest with you in my communication about when I could realistically provide you with your completed project.
How can I purchase your work?
With today’s social media options, there are so many ways to get this done. Recently I was contacted over Facebook by someone in North Dakota. I received their payment through Facebook Messenger, and I mailed them a couple cutting boards the following business day. Checks will be accepted if you contact me to make arrangements. Pieces will be shipped only after full payment is confirmed. There is a 30% deposit requirement in order to begin work on a custom commission order.
How will you ship my MVW purchase?
Shipping will be ground shipping though USPS, or UPS, or Fed Ex, whichever is least expensive. Tracking codes will be email to customers for their convenience whenever possible.
Overnight or express shipping options will be considered at the customers request and for additional cost.
Orders can not be shipped until payment is confirmed.
What is your return policy?
Because satisfied customers are my reputation, I want happy customers! If you are not happy with a purchase, please let me know. My strong preference is always to listen to you and then to work to resolve your concerns informally.
Formally, I follow the same return policy as Amazon’s A-to-z Guarantee. All pieces sold from the MVW website are eligible for return and replacement if they arrive damaged or broken or are “materially different” than represented. See Amazon’s page here for a detailed description.
Commissions or custom designs are excluded from the above policy. Refunds may be allowed if work has not yet started and/or materials have not been purchased. If for any reason you are unhappy with a finished commission or custom design, I will make a reasonable effort to help you resell it but custom work is not eligible for return or refund.
How do I maintain the finish on your cutting / cheese boards?
The finish I use on the cutting boards is a blend of bees wax and mineral oil. Both are food-safe products and work very well as a finish. To maintain them, I recommend that you periodically give them a good rub-down with mineral oil to help them stay protected from the constant abuse that cutting boards receive. Also, don’t put them through the dishwasher, and don’t leave a wet cutting board flat on your counter top so the bottom is unable to dry. Serious warping and other damage will be the likely outcome. Don’t be a cutting board abuser! One last tip. People frequently tell me, “It’s so beautiful, I’m afraid to actually use it”. My answer to that is, “Use it! It’s a cutting board.” When the day comes when it’s out-lived it’s show-room status, get a new one. Another trick is to only cut on one side of the board.