Back in September I was recruited from my original position at said company and went to work for another type of manufacturing company to service their lead client.
What I didn't know (and neither, apparently, did my new employers) when I signed on was that the previous occupant of my chair was going to leverage his strong relationship with the client and go out on his own to service their account.
When I signed on we had essentially all of the customer's business. When I actually showed up for work, two weeks later, we had about eighty percent and the new/old guy had the rest.
After a month, the new/old guy had fifty percent.
After another month, he had eighty percent.
When I left, after three months, we had about ten percent.
My new company was suitably embarrased and provided a nice pacakage to make my layoff more palatable - but I was still a fifty-seven year old guy looking for a job.
Pissed me off.
Well, I'm tired of screwing around with Monster.com, JobCircle, leveraging friends, talking to thirteen year old recruiters, etc.
Lucky me - I didn't sell my shop and tools.
When I got out of the business I had an idea to concentrate on making high end desks for corporate executives and such. I did a little sketching but didn't go too far down that road because I got a job before I had time to flesh things out.
Now I'm revisiting the concept.
I have some ideas of my own but won't share them now because I'd rather hear some considered opinion, not muddied by any initial direction from me.
The only thing that I will say is that my intent is to go into a nonexistant market, where price is not a consideration and design and execution is everything.
I have four C level clients who only ask that I make them something at least as cool as the cabinets that I have made for them in the past.
That said and individual variations aside, what I would like to take a survey on is what elements the hard core guys on this group think should be included in, dare I name it, The Ultimate Executive Desk.
Nakashima type minimalism is a non-starter.
Modern, or anything that is more glass and metal than wood - is anathema.
Functionality is key but it can't conflict with the heirloom possibilities of the piece - i.e. I don't want to include tech stuff that has a half life of Moore's Law or less.
I can tell you that over extension drawers are a requirement but the hardware can not show.
I can tell you that fit outs for printers and scanners, etc. are required but the fittings must be as nonspecific as possible.
I'd like to hear about woods and shapes, veneer v. solid, desk v. desk and credenza, show hardware v. invisible hardware, security features, exposed v. hidden joinery, wire handling, adjustable desk top height, adjustable keyboard height, keyboard slideouts that don't look like keyboard slideouts, finishes, secret booze compartments, secret compartments in general, ball feet, bun feet, ball and claw feet (of all styles), hanging files v. manila files, panic buttons, autolift compartment functions, KD ability, full extension drawers without visible hardware, pop up two sided flat screens, included speaker cabinets, stand up desks, drawer divider systems, selling the green desk, reconfigurable solutions of modular elements, what makes this desk special, roll tops, secretary desks, totally tambour, ...
You get the idea.
I'm trolling for the coolest stuff to include and what to specifically exclude.
The desk I have in the shop now is very traditional. It has a rectangular top, two file drawers, four additional flanker drawers, a pencil drawer with a secret document compartment - and a price of twelve thousand dollars.
(hand selected solid cherry - flamed on top and front, turned and fluted quarter columns and legs, bun feet, rubbed lacquer finish, all hand cut joinery.)
I know this Rec to be a fetid swamp of ideas.
I'd like to hear them.
Tom Watson tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet www.home.comcast.net/~tjwatson1