Can you build me a ’69 Mustang, ’72 Chevy, ’68 Chevelle, ’16 Harley, etc.?
Yes! As you can see from my Portfolio, I have created motorcycles, trains, F1 racecars, dragsters, and a variety of automobiles. I rely heavily upon the pictures and information you provide to customize a piece, but I also spend considerable time researching the vehicle to ensure the accuracy of every detail as best I can. Having spent more than 30 years restoring automobiles, I’m a sucker for the details.
How do I place my order?
To place your order, please finish reading through this page to understand the process. Then visit Contact Us to download and review the Request Form. Then you have two options:
1) You can print and complete the form (handwritten is fine) then scan and email it and photos of your vehicle to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. 2) If you are unable to print/scan/email the form, you can contact me to schedule a phone call to discuss the details. I will need all the of information on the form from you so please take a minute to review the form prior to our call.
Once I have reviewed your request and photos, my office will contact you for additional information if needed or to send you an invoice for the deposit. Work can begin once I have received all documents, photos, and the deposit. Please order early for gifts because we may have a wait list and it may take more than 4-5 weeks for you to receive your order.
chair. A $100 deposit is due before I can begin work, and the balance is due prior to shipping.
How much do you charge?
This is a custom piece of artwork, and I do all of the carving and painting myself. Pricing starts at just $300 plus shipping . Additional charges could include adding your portrait or specific background details to the chair. A $100 deposit is due before I can begin work, and the balance is due prior to shipping.
How long does it take to create a chair?
Each chair is custom built to match the photos a client submits. All are hand carved and hand painted. Each chair takes about 4 to 5 weeks to complete once all photos, deposit, and details are received. Chairs are built, primed, painted with a base, hand painted, and sealed with clear coat. These are truly custom works of art.
How much is shipping?
I have shipped to California, Alaska, New York, North Carolina, Chicago, and more. Currently, I ship via FedEx as they have had the lowest fees and are able to ship boxes of this size. I charge $20 per chair for packaging and handling and what FedEx charges for the actual shipping. The chairs fold to make shipping and transportation easier. Shipping varies due to differences in materials and size of completed chair. Shipping in the continental U.S. typically runs $150-350.
Can I pick up my chair?
Absolutely! I enjoy meeting my clients in person and this saves me time and saves you money! I am located in Lake Mary, Florida, just north of Orlando.
What are the chairs made of?
The chairs are all wood, usually cedar and pine. They are primed, hand painted, and sealed with two coats of clear. They fold and are easy to transport.
Where are you located?
I am located in Lake Mary, Florida, which is just north of Orlando.
What kind of photos and information do you need from me?
As this is a custom piece of art, I would love to discuss your vision with you in detail. Understanding the story behind a request is part of the fun for me. At a minimum, I will need the following before work can begin via my order form or a scheduled phone call:
Your timeline (especially if this is a gift);
The year, make, and model of the vehicle;
Your desire for portraiture or background elements;
Other details specific to your vehicle (license plates, customization, etc.)
Photos of the vehicle
$100 deposit (non-refundable)
Can you add my portrait/store/background to the chair?
Yes! As you can see from my Portfolio, I have added portraits and custom backgrounds. Some background examples include a winery, mountains in Alaska, and the track at Road America. I even incorporated a cooler as part of the design of the dragster I built. Depending on the detail involved, this may incur additional fees.
Do you take credit cards?
Once I receive your official request form and we discuss the specifics of your piece, I will request a $100 deposit to begin work. Once work is complete, I will require the balance to include shipping prior to shipping. Deposits and payments may be made through PayPal. I also accept personal/business checks.
Where can I buy a chair?
Occasionally I will consign a few chairs to local stores, but at this time, I am focusing on custom orders only. Custom orders can be made by contacting me directly.
How do I care for my chair?
You are commissioning a custom piece of art and should care for it as such. While each chair is sealed with clear coat, I do not recommend storing them outside. The sun and other elements will fade the paint and eventually the wood may rot. Since the chairs fold and are easy to move, I recommend that they be kept and displayed indoors. When you decide to use or share them outdoors, please wipe them down and return to a safe environment.
What if I don’t like the finished product?
I can honestly say that I’ve never had a client not enjoy the finished piece. My work is based upon the information you provide to me, and I do my best to ensure that the finished piece fits your vision. If, for any reason, you choose not to pay the balance of your order (to include shipping) within 2 weeks of completion, I reserve the right to donate the chair to a charity of my choice or sell to another buyer. Any prior payments will be considered non-refundable.
Why chairs? How did you get started doing this?
I’ve always enjoyed painting, but the first automotive chair I made was a gift for my brother’s birthday. I painted his car for display in his pool area. Everyone loved it and suggested I should make more. The concept of FUNCTIONAL art has always fascinated me. I love something beautiful that has a PURPOSE. In 2013, I built a few and took them to local art shows. There, people would ask if I had a website or Facebook page. With the help of my daughter, I soon had both plus business cards.
Do you have a Facebook page?
Yes, you can find my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/philcurren.
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