A typical project was the restoration of an historic cast iron fence on Sherbourne St. in Toronto. We started with this photo from the front of Selby House, originally built by the Gooderham Distillery family:
I'm not sure if there ever were wheels turning in that head. In the end, everyone said "ok" and I could relax. It was going to be hard to charge extra for random changes.
I used the sample to produce tooling for use in the foundry. This is where my involvement normally ends. I ship out a grey shape attached in various ways to a plywood sheet, and I'm done. If I've messed up, I'll run to the foundry and tweak the job to make it work.
For this reason, I seldom see the final product, unless I travel some distance with a camera. Here's what's visible on Google Street view: