Want your specimen mounted in the most flattering position and held there safely with no adhesives? Let us make a base with a top surface that is precisely hand-carved to fit the bottom of your piece and support pegs (if necessary) that are custom fit to add extra support precisely where it is needed, without interfering with the beauty of the piece. Our milled bases display your treasured objects as professionally and securely as possible. This is the ultimate throne for any stone.

 

Logistics

To make a milled base for an object, we do need to have possession of the object throughout the process of making it. There are many ways we can arrange this, from shipping to us - to you dropping off or us picking up at: a mineral show, your location, or ours - or even having us bring our mobile workshop right to you to make bases on site! We are happy to discuss the options with you to find the best solution. Rest assured, your specimens will be handled and stored with great care. We are professionals, and the safety and security of your specimens is our number one priority.

 

Cost

While we are proud to provide not only the best quality, but also the best prices for milled bases anywhere, there is no denying that milled bases are costly compared to flat bases. Milled bases are hand carved by skilled American craftsmen and very labor intensive. The average stand takes approximately 1.5 to 4 hours to complete to our high standards. The work time varies so greatly because every piece is unique, with numerous factors to consider such as the object's size, shape, weight distribution, density, milling depth, surface texture, and more. For this reason, we typically charge for milled bases by the piece rather than a flat rate. The prices generally range as follows, with simple pieces towards the lower end and more complex pieces towards the higher end:

 

"Miniatures"

(bases usually 2" x 2" or less)

$50 - 100 USD

"Small-Med Cabinets"

(usually 2" x 2" to 4" x 4")

$100 - 175 USD

"Large Cabinets"

(usually 4" x 4" up to 6" x 6)

$125 - 250 USD

"Museum Size"

(usually 5" x 5" and up)

$200+ USD


These prices include everything - the appropriately sized clear or black base, custom carved to fit the specimen, plus any necessary supports (acrylic pegs, blocks, or other props), and engraved text in your choice of color. Price ranges above represent typical cases. Unusual cases and special requests may cost more. Discounted pricing may be available for large orders, educational groups, and non-profits.

A more precise quote can be provided once we are able to see the piece(s) from multiple angles and know the position you would like it displayed in. We believe strongly in honest, fair pricing and the idea that happy, loyal clients who send their friends is the best way to run a successful business. Bases that are easier to make are charged less, and more difficult bases require a higher cost, but we will always be open and fair.

 

Interested?

If you would like to get started with an order and/or if you have questions for us about milled bases, please use the "Request Quote" button to reach out. We'll review the information you provide and get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you!

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