Not to be morbid, but what happens if you, or he, is in an accident? Will his family know to refund you, your family to ask for a refund? Do you have it in writing?
With wait times over a year, 100% payment upfront is not a realistic way of doing business.
He is only one man, and the product was promised to made solely by him.
At the current wait time, with taking more orders, and more “rush” orders, the variables trend to not receiving an order.
Can you imagine how much space over two years of back stocked orders must take up?
I’m sure he has the best of intentions, but there are many variables out of his control. Knowing that, taking more orders and more money is an irresponsible way of doing business. Listen to the podcast posted here, higher prices have not curbed demand. Every order digs a deeper hole.
What happens if ten orders want a refund, $5000ish dollars, is he not spending your money until your order is satisfactorily fulfilled?