Terms of Trade
Over the years I have developed contacts with a number of good craftsmen.
For instance, there's Frank Hasted who specialises in plank on frame square rigged sailing ships and sails the full sized vessels too. Among a small band of fortunate clients, Frank is becoming justly well-known for the quality of his work.
Frank works exclusively for The Model Boatbuilder.
Here he's showing me a finished work just brought in from his workshop.
Some of the other experts on my books have won gold medals for their work. If a job requires someone with a particular specialism I call in their skills. In short, either I can build your model, or I know someone who can do it, all to a good standard.
My own favourite projects are the boats of the RNLI, for which I have a particular admiration, or display models of traditional work boats, and working models of merchant ships.
I refer a client to an associate for a number of reasons. Sometimes the other man has appropriate specialised knowledge or expertise. For instance, my plank on frame work is good, but Frank's is superb. Occasionally it might be that your project is his favourite, so you'll get especially good care from him. On a few occasions it just may suit you better to accept a referral, as the only way to get your project complete in any reasonable time scale, given the high level of demand.
If I put a job out to one of my stable of specialists, I obviously make sure their standards meet mine.