Yesterday Tim Clark emailed and called to tell me Design Within Reach is marketing a knock-off of my Bowback Bench (See:http://www.jasbecker.com/bench.html to view the original.) Tim indicated thatDesign Within Reach presents itself as dealing with designers in an effort to present their product to a wider audience at a better price. In this case they succeeded in all but the first criteria. I called around to a lawyer friend and David Moser (Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers) to see what if anything I can do about it. Initial impressions are that I cannot do much legally, because I don,t have a patent. I was wondering if anyone has any ideas as what I might do to either persuade the company to stop or to pay me a commission on sales?

On a lighter note I would like to present the latest and largest addition to my Ming Shaker line of furniture, the office hutch pictured here to the left. The hutch pictured is 6 feet wide by 7 feet high by 21 inches deep. It is made of cherry with birdseye maple accents. It was a custom order but I would be happy to duplicate or modify the design and make another. Call for pricing: 802-295-7004. The photo has not yet. been posted to my website.
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About Jim Becker

Beginning in 1979 with a year at Lash Bros. Boatyard in Friendship, ME and continuing for 5 1/2 years at Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers (then of New Gloucester and Auburn, ME) I learned to make things well. I learned to make beautiful things from wood. Since January of 1987 I have been in business for myself, making freestanding furniture and the occasional furniture grade kitchen, jewelery store fixtures, and built-ins. With the possible exception of sanding I enjoy all aspects of the job: working with the customers to design and or price a project, choosing the lumber, building, finishing, and delivering (I only do this occasionally anymore though I do enjoy meeting my customers and seeing the finished piece in place). More than half my work is one-of-a-kind, objects I have not made before. I would be happy to work with you to design and or to price something entirely different from what you see here. Please call and we can discuss your particular needs and desires.

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  1. Charles Shackleton

    Jim,

    Harden Furniture once copied my chair.(about 12 years ago) I am not usually very litigious, but a local law firm took it on to stop them (I guess they got paid for the work)and they were forced to donate the remaining 1-200 to a local club. I think it was Vitt and something in Norwich. I will do more research and they may be able to help now that they have their furniture jaws sharpened.
    Charlie

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