Need help getting my bearings when hiring for a job.
Hi there. First off, let me apologize just in case this is the wrong forum (or message board) for this post.
I have a woodworking job that needs doing, but I know basically nothing about it, so I'm a little at sea. Some backstory: a long-dead family patriarch was an amateur woodworker. He made these wooden eagle sculptures for my mother and her two sisters, one each. My mother is the youngest so her's was the last one to be made. Unfortunately, he suffered a stroke before it was finished and was never able to complete it. So, my mother has been carrying this unfinished eagle around with her for the past 40-50 years, during which time it's suffered some damage (a piece has broken off on the bottom, plus a few minor chips & dents).
Her birthday is in a couple of weeks, and I thought it would be a nice surprise to get the eagle fixed up and completed. (She has said she'd like to get it done some day.) So, what needs to be done is to repair the broken piece, stain it, and do the engraving & gold leaf inlay. But, as I said, I'm a little at a loss as to how to get started and what to expect. My questions:
1) Exactly who do I go to for this? I'm in New York City. Google points me to a lot of woodworking classes, but not to a lot of people who do this sort of thing professionally. Will a carpenter/cabinet maker be able to a good job on this?
2) Is this is any way a tricky or difficult job? I only ask because, if it gets screwed up somehow, there's no way replace it.
3) About how long would the job take?
4) About how much money would one expect to pay for this work? Ballpark.
5) Is there anything else I should be asking that I don't know to look out for?
Many thanks in advance for any guidance you guys are able to give me.