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Monday, July 14th, 2014

Save room for dessert, because you will want to spend as much time as you can at our new Gates Trestle Table.

I know we just introduced our new Gates Desk, but we can't help ourselves. The new designs just keep coming out of the workshop and they're so lovely we need to share them with you as quickly as we can.

We designed this table for a client in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and we immediately fell head-over-heels with the design. Based on the design of the Gates Table, this one is elongated and has a very practical trestle base. 

Huston and Company, Kennebunkport, Handmade solid oak trestle table

Before the table was even fully completed in the workshop, Bill declared it needed to become a standard design and be included in our upcoming, updated catalog. 

Handcrafted hardwood dining table, Maine, Gates Trestle, Huston

You may remember the Gates Trestle Table from the sneak peek we gave you in our earlier blog post. As soon as the table was finished in the workshop, we whisked it to a lovely home here in town for a quick photo shoot. Now we have these beautiful photographs to show off our new table.

Huston and Company, Kennebunkport, fine furniture, handcrafted, table

The new Gates Trestle Table is 30"H x 42"W x 84"L. Easily seat three on each side and one at each end for a total of eight. Shown here in white oak with our Gates Finish, it can also be built in any American hardwood and with a plethora of finishes. As always, we can customize the size to fit your space. We just recently took an order for a Gates Trestle Table in cherry. We are all excited to build this as we know this design is so perfectly suited for the smooth texture and rich color of cherry. Can't you just see it?

custom furniture, design your own, handcrafted, solid wood, dining table

The price of the Gates Trestle Table as shown is $3,850.

Coming soon - our newly updated catalog (and yes, that means an updated pricelist too), our new Karu Table, and an announcement regarding a new Designer Rewards program. Stay tuned.

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Shortly after we completed and delivered the original Gates Table to Erin Gates, we began discussions of a new design to complement the table. Erin envisioned a desk that would harken back to the campaign desks of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with an updated aesthetic and more practical design for today’s use, and utilizing some of the design features of her dining table.

Bill and Erin went back and forth with sketches and ideas a few times before they landed on this: the new Gates Desk.

Huston and Company Gates Desk, Erin Gates, Elementsofstyleblog.com

Built of solid white oak, with a custom finish and antiqued brass pulls, the Gates Desk has three drawers and measures 30”H x 60”L x 30”D – plenty of surface area for all of your workday needs.

The Gates Desk, handcrafted by Huston and Company, solid oak Kennebunkport

Erin’s own desk has a custom finish and as we enter the Gates Desk as a signature design on our website and in our updated catalog (heading to the printer very soon!), the standard finish will be the Gates Finish we originally created for the Gates Table, a white wash on oak, as shown below. The new signature Gates Desk is priced at $4,275.

Solid hardwood desk, Gates Desk, handmade, Maine

Earlier this week, Erin posted on her blog, Elements of Style Blog, about the process of designing a custom piece of furniture with Huston & Company, and included shots of the desk as it was being built in our workshop. Click HERE to see Erin’s post.

Erin Gates designed Gates Desk by Huston & Company, Maine EOS blog

As with any of our signature designs, we’d be happy to customize the Gates Desk for you. We could change the number of drawers, modify the size, use a custom finish or a different wood species (wouldn’t this also be beautiful in cherry or walnut?). Just let us know how we can make this design work for you.

Custom desk, handcrafted in Maine, huston, Kennebunkport, Gates, EOS

As Erin mentions in her post, we have built a vast number of custom Gates Dining Tables since Erin’s original was delivered. Not only has the Gates Table design led us to the desk design, but we also have a new Gates Trestle Table to introduce to you soon. Stay tuned.

The New Gates Desk by Huston & Company designed by Erin Gates

The location shots for this post were staged and taken by Erin Gates at a private residence. The silouhettes were taken by CA Smith Photography in Kennebunk, Maine.

 

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

One morning this week we met Chris Smith of CA Smith Photography at a lovely home in Kennebunkport to photograph some of our newer pieces: the Arris Sofa and Ottoman and a new table which I believe we will be calling the Gates Trestle Table.

Brand new custom dining table by Huston & Company, Kennebunkport, Maine

Chris' wife, Cyndi, helped us locate a beautiful local home, the owners of which were willing to let us in, move all of their furniture around, and disrupt their home for a few hours. It was a last minute arrangement and we are very grateful for the opportunity.

Huston & Company and CA Smith photograph shooting fine handmade furniture

AJ Mastrangelo, the graphic designer who creates our print ads and is updating our catalog for us, was on site to help with art direction. It was very important that we walked away with images that are not only beautiful and show the furniture well, but that will also work in many different ad formats, on our website and in our catalog. AJ worked closely with Chris throughout the morning to be sure we were getting the shots we need.

Huston and Company work with gd-cmyk design and CASmith Photography

Because the shoot was organized so quickly and at the last minute, there wasn't time to explore styling and propping items. We relied completely on the good taste of the homeowners to provide us with rugs, light fixtures and accessories. Fate lent a hand and it happened that everything in this lovely home worked beautifully with our furniture and the aesthetic we were trying to capture in our images. We ordered the flowers even before we'd seen the house, with the help of our friends at Blooms & Heirlooms. Again, with luck, they were perfect.

Huston Gates Table in trestle style, brand new handcrafted dining table

Bill and Saer Huston were on hand and did most of the heavy lifting.

Arris Sofa and Ottoman by Huston and Company, handmade in Maine

You'll soon see the resulting images popping up on our website, in new ads in several magazines, on our Facebook page and in our updated catalog which will be out sometime next month. (And a reminder that our prices will be updated as well sometime next month)

Handcrafted solid wood furniture by Huston of Kennebunkport Maine, Arris Sofa

Please note, all of the above photos were taken with my own camera, which recently decided not to auto-focus anymore, just as my own eyes have decided to do the same. Chris' images will be far and away superior. And, because I know some of you will ask, the homeowners told us the gorgeous light fixture in the dining space came from Restoration Hardware.

Be on the lookout for these new images, and more information about this great new table.

Monday, June 9th, 2014

In the shop this week, we have two beautiful custom orders finishing up.

A custom handmade table at Huston & Company, Kennebunkport, Maine

A custom Gates Table by Huston and Company. Handmade of solid oak.

A custom version of our Gates Table, this trestle style table will soon be in its new home here in Maine. Handcrafted of solid white oak, it heads to our finishing shop this week for an application of our Gates Finish – a lightly distressed, whitewashed (or cerused) finish.

A stunning custom handcrafted solid oak table by Huston and Company, Maine

This table is a fast favorite here at Huston & Company. Look for it featured in our newly updated catalog, due out this summer.

A handcrafted solid walnut headboard by Huston and Company, Maine

The Rivers Bed, custom in walnut at Huston and Company in Kennebunkport.

The headboard pictured above is part of a custom Rivers Bed. This river, hand routed by Saer Huston, follows the active grain of the walnut boards chosen specifically for this piece.

The frame of this custom bed was designed with some eastern influences and will look quite different from our signature Rivers Bed design.

Custom handmade bed frame in Kennebunkport Maine

This bed also heads to finishing this week and will soon be at home in central New York State.

Our signature Rivers Bed will also be presented in our updated catalog. And, while we’re on the subject, we are also updating our pricelist (hasn’t been updated in three years). So, if you’re considering one of our signature designs, now’s the time.

Enjoy the beginning of summer, which has finally arrived here in Kennebunkport.

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

The Wilson Dining Table has always been one of our favorites here at Huston & Company. The simplicity of the lightly curved edges of the table and the lean, graceful legs combine for an elegant yet everyday table. It's practical and timeless.

Are you looking for such a dining table? Practical, elegant and timeless? You're in luck. One of our friends here in the Kennebunks is selling his custom Wilson Dining Table and six Sorrento Chairs. It's a lovely set, in beautiful condition. This is the sort of dining set you could use for many, many years and then pass along to a family member for future generations.

Handmade cherry table for sale Huston & Company Kennebunkport Maine

Solid cherry wood dining table and chairs for sale Kennebunkport Maine

The table measures 30"H x 66"L x 42"W. It has the standard curved apron, boat shaped sides and ends, and bulnose edges on the tabletop. It is solid cherry with a clear finish and has aged and been cared for beautifully. It was built in the fall of 2006.

For sale, Kennebunkport Maine, handcrafted solid cherry dining set Huston & Company

The chairs are our standard Sorrento Side Chairs, with ocean blue fabric, as shown. They are also in beautiful condition, including the upholstery. The set of six side chairs was also built in the fall of 2006.

Used solid cherry dining set, Huston & Company, Maine, handcrafted

Our friend is hoping to sell the set for approximately $3,800. (If built new today, this set of table and chairs would cost $6,035 plus the cost of upholstery.)

If you are interested in seeing these pieces, or would like to talk to the owner about a possible purchase, please give us a call or shoot us an email here at Huston & Company and we'll make the connection for you.

This is a beautiful set. It will last for generations. 

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

On May 16th, Jason Jackson and I went to a “color development” seminar held at Atlantic Plywood in Westbrook, Maine. Jason is our very talented finisher, and he’s already got the color development thing down. But in recent months we’ve had many requests for custom finishes; finishes different from those we’ve done in the past.

As I work directly with our customers, it falls to me to understand what the customer is asking for, and to then clearly pass that information along to Jason.  We have found that once in a while we run into language issues. We both speak English of course, but he speaks ‘the finishing dialect’ and I speak the ‘never-been-in-a-spraybooth-in-my-life dialect’.

Jason Jackson of Huston & Company, Kennebunkport Maine, finishing talent

By attending this class with Jason, I hoped to better understand the finishing processes, and to learn the lingo better. Jason hoped to experiment with some clever ways to get the looks our customers are now wanting.

Jason Jackson, finishing, Atlantic Plywood seminar, Huston & Company handcrafted furniture

Finished panels, finishing school, Huston & Company custom furniture

I would say it was a success. Jason was clearly one of the most knowledgeable finishers (if not the most knowledgeable) in the class which ranged from “old hat” to “just starting out”. It was a small group of 8 students, and as such our instructor, Matt Griffin, was able to cater the class to everyone’s needs. Jason was able to experiment, I was able to ask a million questions and try my hand at spraying finishes many times – sometimes with success, sometimes resulting in a bubbly sticky mess.

panels drying, finishing school, huston & company, kennebunkport, maine

I learned the difference between a toner, a stain and a topcoat. I learned about different types of topcoats, different ways to apply toners, ways to combine toners and stains to get the look you want.

I think Jason and I are better equipped now to speak ‘finish’ back and forth. And that’s a good thing - because I have a stack of wood chips on my desk that need to be made into finish samples and barely are two the same.

Monday, April 28th, 2014

If you've been following us recently, you know that we are in the midst of our Celebrating Libraries promotion for our residential clients: for every $1,000 you spend between now and the end of May, we'll send a $100 gift certificate to the library of your choice. Clients may choose any library: public, private, school, historical, law - you name it.

Clever, eh?

If you follow us, you also know that we do a lot of work for Princeton University and we're in the middle of building a large number of pieces for the Firestone Library there.

Well, our first client to take advantage of this promotion ordered a custom buffet table. When asked which library they'd like to choose for their promotional gift, we had to chuckle -  Princeton University's Firestone Library.

It seems our client and her husband are both proud Princeton grads and loved the idea of giving back to their alma mater. They had no idea we build furniture for Princeton, so they were equally surprised. We love that our residential and university clients are intermingled this way.

Small world.

So, what can we build for you? And which library will you choose?

Monday, April 21st, 2014

In 1999, we built this beautiful York Dining Table for a client here in Kennebunkport. She recently decided she no longer needs such a large table and would like to sell it, to give it a good home. She asked if we might be able to spread the word.

This is a standard York Dining Table, made of oak with Wenge inlay.
It measures 30”H x 84”L x 43.5”W and seats 8 very comfortably. It is in good, used condition.

York Dining Table, Kennebunkport, Maine, handmade, custom table

Oak dining table, Huston and Company, Kennebunkport, Handmade, for sale

York Dining Table for sale in Kennebunkport, Maine, by Huston & Company

Wenge inlay on York Dining Table for sale in Maine. Handmade, Oak.

There are a couple small signs of wear: a very small dent in the surface of the tabletop and an area where the finish has worn a little thin.

Table for sale, Kennebunkport, Maine, Oak with inlay, Huston

Huston & Company, custom furniture, dining table for sale, oak, York

The table is beautiful as is, and if interested, Huston & Company could refinish the tabletop for a small fee. Huston & Company could also help to arrange delivery with one of our trusted shippers.  

The price of a newly built York Dining Table is $2,850. We would value this table at about $1,100. The owner will consider reasonable offers.

If you are interested in this table, please contact Kate at Huston & Company via email, huston@hustonandcompany.com, or by phone at 888-869-6370. I can answer most of your questions and if needed, connect you with the owner of the table.

This is a great table, we hope it finds a good home.

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Celebrate With Us!
Support your favorite library by purchasing furniture for your home!
 

At Huston & Company, we love libraries. We believe libraries are essential to the wellness of our communities. We believe time spent in libraries is fortifying and restorative.

National Library Week is April 13-19, 2014 and we feel it’s the perfect time to kick off our Celebrating Libraries Promotion!

Won’t you join us?
 

 

Order now and support your favorite library!
If you’ve been considering an order of Huston & Company furniture for your home, now’s the time.

Place your order by May 30th and for every $1,000 you spend, we’ll send a $100 gift certificate to the library of your choice.
 

The Huston & Company Gates dining table, Kennebunkport, Maine
What can we build for you?

By designing and building fine custom furniture for your home, we hope to help you create a sanctuary for living, playing, restoring and growing.

By building fine custom furniture for libraries throughout the country, we hope to enhance the environments where people learn, contemplate, teach and explore.

Huston and Company Willard Square Table, fine custom furniture, Maine

To qualify for our Celebrating Libraries promotion:

  • Orders of signature designs and custom designs qualify.
  • Orders for residential furniture only.
  • New orders only.
  • Orders must be placed by May 30, 2014.
  • Library gift is based on furniture cost only (not shipping/delivery/taxes).
  • All standard lead times apply.
  • You may choose any public, private, academic or college/university library as the recipient of the Celebrating Libraries Promotion gift certificate.
Monday, March 10th, 2014

Recently, at one of our Tuesday morning shop meetings, Ethan announced that our air compressor had died the day before. He had been keeping an eye on it for quite some time; giving it little fixes and repairs as needed, allowing it to limp along. But now it was, indeed, dead.

The air compressor sends forced air throughout our shop to power all of our pneumatic tools, such as hand sanders and our CNC machine. Without the compressor, we can’t do any sanding, we can’t use our wide-belt sander, our CNC and some of our clamping tools. Heck, we can’t even dust ourselves off properly. More than a day without our air compressor makes our work uncomfortable and sluggish. Ethan had already gussied up a much smaller compressor to ‘make-do’ until a new one arrived, but he warned Saer and Josh, “Only one person can be sanding at a time, and we’ll have to take turns using anything that uses the lines [the compressed air].”

Having just purchased several new machines for the shop, and having not added a new air compressor into the budget for this year, I really thought Bill would be upset. But instead, he smiled and remembered aloud that he had purchased that air compressor 25 years ago, for his first workshop in Poland Spring, ME; “I guess I’ve gotten my monies worth.” Right after the meeting, he made a call and ordered a new air compressor.

The original air compressor was purchased from Maine Air Power in Auburn, Maine. Bill called Maine Air Power to order the new one. He says he didn’t even think for a moment about calling anyone else.

Maine Air Power is a family owned business, celebrating 30 years this year. Opened in 1984 by Bruce and Sylvia Morse, Maine Air Power specializes in industrial/medical air compressors and vacuum systems for clients in Maine and all of New England. The Morse’s son, Barlow, joined the business as the first employee when he was 25 and now he and his sister, Andrea Bjork, own and run Maine Air Power while their parents enjoy a retirement siesta in a warmer climate.

Bill purchased his first air compressor in 1988; one of the first major tools Bill purchased for his brand new business. Barlow Morse remembers that he and his father installed that compressor in Bill’s brand new shop in Poland Spring. Bill remembers the Morse’s being very attentive and very easy to work with. Since then, Bill’s barely had to contact Maine Air Power. A few times Bill has called Barlow for advice about piping air to new machines from the compressor, but never regarding the faithful compressor itself. The air compressor didn’t have any major issues in its 25 year lifespan.

For those who want to know, it was a Quincy Airstar, splash-lubricated, 5 hp, single phase compressor with an 80 gallon tank. Our new compressor is the same, just a newer model.

When Bill called Barlow about a new compressor, Barlow had a brand new version of the same model in stock and ready to go. It was delivered the very next day and installed and working within a few hours. We were able to dust off, get back to work and back up to speed with barely a hiccup.

We always want to work with local businesses when we can. One of the things Bill has always loved about his work is the relationships he is able to form with clients and vendors. It’s very comforting to be able to call on a vendor after 25 years, knowing they are still there, they’ll remember you and they’ll provide you with the same great service they did a quarter century before. We sometimes joke that some might not consider it a good business practice to sell a product that never needs to be replaced. But we do. And Maine Air Power does.