|Forum topic by Dabcan||posted 09-05-2015 05:52 PM||691 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
09-05-2015 05:52 PM
I’ve been doing woodworking for a few years as my main occupation, not completely full time as I have a young child that still isn’t 100% at school each day. I decided to start at craft shows making smaller items and slowly work my way into furniture pieces. Well year 3 and I’m getting furniture commissions, but a common thread from customers seems to be them sending me pics of furniture they have seen on the internet. They basically want a copy of what they have seen, most would rather give me the money than someone they don’t know and isn’t local, but generally they aren’t looking for a price cut from the original.
I’ve completed one bed frame which was someone else’s design, I thought this would not be a common occurrence and didn’t think much of it at the time, however now I’ve had several more requests for various pieces of furniture and none of them are my design, meaning I’m ripping off someone else’s work. If i were to turn the tables, I wouldn’t be pleased if someone was stealing my designs.
So how do you deal with these situations? Do you flat out say no? Or maybe suggest a similar piece of your own design/style? I could use some advice…