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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.

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Here we are, moving out of February and into March. In with the lions, as they say. We have been moving quickly forward here at Huston & Company, but looking back also. 2013 was a big year for us; our 25th anniversary year and a very busy one too. We built approximately 105 pieces of residential furniture last year, and over 250 pieces for colleges, schools, libraries and businesses.

As we reflected, I asked each of the guys to tell me their favorite piece of Huston & Company furniture from 2013. Here’s what they told me…

Bill Huston chose the desk we built for the Town of Winter Harbor, Maine. It’s the story, he tells me, that grabbed him (though the desk is beautiful too). We had a call from a resident of Winter Harbor last summer and she told us that she’d like to purchase a new executive desk for the Town Manager in Winter Harbor. This resident and the Town Manager had come to know each other quite well, she explained to me, and the town was just finishing a new building for their offices. She continued that the Town Manager just didn’t have a suitable desk, and should because “she works so hard.” So we worked with the Town Manager to design a desk that would suit her needs and her new space, and the resident purchased it as a gift to the Town. A wonderful gift, indeed. The desk was built by Saer Huston of solid maple with cherry inlay and was delivered in September.

Huston and Company builds a custom desk for town of Winter Harbor Maine

New desk at the Town of Winter Harbor Maine, by Huston & Company
 

Ethan Verner built several pieces of furniture for a client in Washington DC this summer. They were unique pieces that are not in our usual design vocabulary. They were also complicated and challenging pieces to engineer and build; each requiring his full attention in the workshop for weeks at a time. This is the reason, Ethan says, he chose two of these pieces as his favorites of the year. These two end chests were designed with concave fronts, with drawers that follow those curves with exacting and precise lines. They were finished by Mitchell Yanosky Furniture, artisans that specialize in elaborate, hand applied finishes. The images below were taken at the Mitchell Yanosky workshop just after completion.

Huston & Company, Kennebunkport Maine, custom furniture

 

When Saer and Bill designed the first Rivers Table in 2012, I don’t think they expected the design to grow into so many variations. Throughout 2013, Saer completed a number of varieties of Rivers Tables, and then he designed and completed the Rivers Bed. Saer has chosen the Rivers designs as his favorites for 2013 and says that implementing the Rivers concept into so many pieces of furniture has been exciting. The evolution of these designs has been very fluid (not meant as a pun) and the process used to create the rivers is very engaging and expressive. The Rivers Bed is shown below.

The Rivers Bed, solid cherry, by Huston and Company in Maine, handcrafted by Saer Huston

 

When Josh Rice joined us in the fall of 2012, we put him to work immediately on a large order of furniture for Princeton (in fact, everyone worked on that order in the winter of 2012). His work on the Princeton projects continued into the spring of 2013. In the summer though, Josh was readily engaged in a project for a local couple – a built in, walk-in closet. He and Ethan created this beautiful little sanctuary and spent several days installing it in the clients’ home. Josh chose this project as his favorite of the year. He says he liked that it was so all-encompassing and mostly he enjoyed working directly with the customer in the customer’s home for a few days. Wouldn’t we all love a custom closet like this?

A custom closet, handcrafted by Huston and Company in Kennebunkport, Maine

 

And for me? Even though I don’t build the furniture, I get to hear the story behind each piece and I do get to see it all being built. As each piece makes its way through the workshop, I can put a name to it and a story. I know the nuances the customer is hoping to see and I can watch for them to appear at different points of completion. I follow the process from introduction, through design to the workshop and then watch it all unfold. And I get to hear the customer’s reaction when they receive their new furniture. I have the best seat in the stadium. But my favorite piece of 2013 might surprise you. It’s fairly modest. It’s pretty practical. Saer built this piece of solid oak for a customer in Cape Elizabeth, Maine (the end tables too), and Ethan upholstered it. For some reason, it just speaks to me. A bench, a coffee table and two ottomans, all in one.

Huston and Company, handcrafted furniture, custom designed, Kennebunkport

 

As we continue into 2014 (and try not to be whiny about the cold) we have some very interesting projects to look forward to for our academic and library clients and are already working on some fun custom pieces for residential customers. We’ll keep you posted.

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Just before Christmas, we all gathered at Flatbread in Portland to celebrate the season and a very exciting and successful 2013. I'm sorry we didn't get pictures of everyone, but as you can see, fun was had by all.

And good food. Lots of good food.

The Huston & Company crew gathers at Flatbreads in Portland, Maine

Josh's wife and baby giggle with Saer's wife. Lindsay's daughter and Ethan's little man pal around. Josh's son and Mia share a story and pizza.

The Huston & Company Christmas party, 2013, Portland, Maine

Josh and his family dig into some seriously delicious dessert.

Huston & Company Christmas, handcrafted custom furniture, Maine

Ethan, you should share.

Huston & Company, Kennebunkport Maine, Christmas Party

Bill opens one of his gifts, "What in the world is this?"

Bill Huston, Huston & Company, Kennebunkport, Maine, custom furniture

Well of course, it's an elephant that walks down a hill. Everyone needs one.

Huston and Company, custom handcrafted furniture, Maine

Kate and her kids feeling very happy after pizza and dessert.

The gang had a great time with lots of laughs. We marvelled at how the average age of our group seemed to be about 12. So many little ones now! What fun at Christmastime.

And here's to another splendid year to come! 2014!

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

I mean that. We've been too busy to write a blog post. No time for words. But, alas, we are slowing enough to breathe now, so I can share what we've been up to.

Here are a few images of recent work:

A table base under construction at Huston and Company, Kennebunkport, Maine
Ethan at work on base for a custom Gates Table.

A custom table in progress at Huston and Company, custom furniture
A custom trestle table, made of walnut is finished in the workshop.

Handcrafted dining table at Huston and Company
Another custom Gates Table is ready for delivery.

Huston and Company delivering furniture to Princeton University
Preparing to bring a library table into Firestone Library at Princeton.

Huston and Company builds furniture for Princeton University
Library tables and study carrels installed at Firestone Library at Princeton.

Study Carrels and Library Tables by Huston & Company, Kennebunkport, Maine
From the other side, the study carrels at Princeton.

Study carrels installed at Princeton University, handcrafted by Huston & Company
Saer Huston completing the study carrel install at Princeton.

Huston & Company, Kennebunkport Maine, handcrafted furniture
Another Gates Table ready to go!

Library table for Winchester Library by Huston & Company
A library table to match a previous order, for Winchester Library.

Huston & Company custom library furniture, handcrafted in Maine
A custom bookdrop for the library at Woodberry Forest School.

custom library furniture by Huston & Company
Custom walnut computer stations for Woodberry Forest School.

We can engrave your school logo or seal  on your custom furniture
The Woodberry Forest School seal engraved on the door of the bookdrop.

There have been many, many other pieces through our shop in the last couple of months as well; both residential and library. Our current list of items to build is mostly residential until April, when we begin more pieces for Princeton and some other academic projects.

As for holiday shopping, we have a showroom full of items that are available for immediate delivery. We also have a stock of our Huston Coat Tree which can be shipped via UPS (super easy).

Huston and Company coat tree

Just today we finished up a handful of our Art of Dining Servers, which make wonderful holiday and hostess gifts. We'd be happy to ship one for you, or hold one aside so you can pick it up. Just give us a call. (888-869-6370.

The Art of Dining Server by Huston & Company

And, of course, we always have gift certificates.

We hope you are enjoying the holiday season!

 

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

About 15 years ago, we designed and built a custom executive desk for a local client’s home office. She had just purchased a lovely summer home here and it had a fantastic home library with handcrafted cherry shelving on 3 of the four walls and lovely views from the windows.

The room was quite large, so she wanted a large desk to center in the room. We designed the desk below; it looks as though the room was built around it. Indeed, our client had hardwoods installed in the center of the room to further frame the desk in its surroundings.

Now, our client is selling her summer home and sadly the custom desk can’t go with her. We have offered to help her sell the desk. Here is the pertinent information.

 

Executive desk for sale, Huston & Company, Kennebunkport, Maine

  • Overall, the desk is 29”H x 123 1/2”L x 97 ½”W.
  • It is a “U” shaped desk, with a keyboard tray in one corner.
  • It has 3 file drawers and 2 box drawers, 2 pull-out trays (to hold printer, fax, etc), and two open storage trays.
  • There are two wire management holes, with brass grommets.
  • The desk is made of solid cherry, with a line of wenge inlay that follows the outer edges.
  • It has a clear, conversion varnish finish; no stain was added to the natural cherry.
  • The panels on the outside of the desk are figured cherry.
  • Underneath, there are beautiful arched structural supports.
  • There is plenty of space underneath for additional files or other storage if needed.
  • We have the original measured drawings with all details noted, if more info is needed.

Executive desk for sale, Huston & Company, Kennebunkport, Maine

Executive desk for sale, Huston & Company, Kennebunkport, Maine.

Executive desk for sale, Huston & Company, Kennebunkport, Maine

This desk was hand-crafted to last for many generations and has been lovingly cared for; it is in beautiful condition. As it has lived in a summer home, it has only been used for a few months each year. The photos here were all taken on November 25, 2013 (this week). I photographed it and looked it over myself and found no visible scratches, marks, or other defects.

This gorgeous desk would be lovely in a home office or corporate executive office, or as a reception desk in an office or library.

Once a new owner has been identified, Huston & Company will disassemble the desk for shipping. We are also happy to recommend trusted shippers who would be able to safely transport and reassemble the desk in its new home.

If we were to build a brand new desk today, just like this one, it would cost $17,190. It is difficult to find a comparable desk in the marketplace in order to determine a selling price. At Huston & Company, we feel it should fetch something in the neighborhood of $9,500. The owner will entertain reasonable offers.

If you are interested to see the desk in person (serious inquiries only please), please contact me, Kate, at Huston & Company and I will give you contact information for the owner so you may arrange an appointment. If you cannot make it to Maine to see the desk, you have my word that it is in the condition I’ve stated above.

We hope this unique and beautiful piece of furniture will find a suitable home.

Monday, October 28th, 2013

In April of 1988, a gentleman named Jim Carbone, a resident of NYC at the time, placed an order for a custom TV cabinet and end table with Bill Huston. This was Huston & Company’s very first order. I have had occasion to peruse this order file several times during my nine years at Huston & Company; first during our 20th anniversary year, and quite a few times this year, our 25th anniversary year.

 

Working drawing, Huston & Company, handcrafted furniture, Maine

 

I have tried to contact Mr. Carbone, hoping to post a “Meet our Customers” about him, but have been unable to locate him. (If you know him, let him know we’re looking for him, will you?)

This is one of my favorite order files, as far as order files go. I like that the letters to Mr. Carbone are typed, on a typewriter, two copies at a time with a sheet of carbon between. I like that Bill mentions in one letter that he’s still getting his new business set up, and that Bill made arrangements to deliver the order to NYC himself, in person.

But what I like BEST about this order file, is the story that Bill’s son, Justin, wrote on the back of Bill’s costing notes. Two sheets of lined paper (one white, one yellow) with all sorts of materials costs and figuring on one side, and this wonderful story, written in pencil, on the other. Justin was 13 years old. I show it here with Justin’s permission, of course, and a 'translation' follows.

 

Marvin and Michele, a story from Huston & Company, Kennebunkport

Marvin and Michele, Huston & Company, handcrafted furniture

Marvin was a dainty bug with lacy wings and a long tail that flowed in the wind. Marvin the mayfly really isn’t a fly at all. A true fly has two wings, Marvin has 4. Marvin ventured into the wilderness. Marvin looked at a plant. “Gee, I’m hungry,” he said. But alas, Marvin knew like any other mayfly he could not eat, for he had no mouth. Marvin’s wings propelled him up and away into the forest. In a few minutes Marvin had met another kind of his species. It was a girl. Michele was her name. It was love at first sight. They couldn’t kiss but kissing didn’t matter, they loved each other just the same. They flew out of the woods staring at each other with a passionate stare. They stopped quickly. “It’s okay,” said Michele, “you won’t get hurt. Watch.” Michele darted out into the highway. Marvin sensed danger. “Michele, STOP! Not be a frady fly! Watch out! Watch out!” Michele had a second to respond but it was too late. With exuberant force, an eighteen wheeler hit her. She was splatted all over the windshield. “Oh, Michele, why did it have to end like this? You stinker truck, you didn’t even stop. Oh, Michele, I loved you. Boo hoo hoo.”

Marvin flew off weeping. After a while he came to a group of humans having a picnic. Marvin couldn’t bear it anymore. He knew what he had to do. He landed on one of the humans’ head. The human took notice of this and slowly lifted up his arm. “I’m coming Michele, I’m coming!” And with that, the hand came down and killed Marvin. Marvin probably only had a few more hours to live anyway, but his love called to him so he had to go to her in the bug heaven.

Chorus:

Marvin’s life ended quick
because a truck hit his chick.
I don’t have another story I’m going to tell
because I just finished my story about Marvin and Michele.

 

And there you have it. The story of Marvin and Michele.

We hope you’ll join us this coming weekend at the Fine Furnishings Show in Pawtucket, RI. Both Bill and Saer will be there with some beautiful pieces. We have some complimentary admission tickets, and lots of ½ price tickets. Let us know if you’d like one! We can leave them at the entrance to the show for you.

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Like all businesses that sell things, at the end of the year we take inventory. It only takes us about an hour usually, and we don’t have to hire an outside team to do it, but still, we like to have as little to count as possible.

This year, our loft is very full. We don’t have a lot of odds and ends as we often do. Instead, this year, we have a lot of brand new inventory. We made a point of overbuilding a number of items this year, so we’d have inventory to sell. We have sold a lot of it, but there is still a plethora of goodies upstairs.

View of the loft at Huston & Company

Huston & Company lists furniture items for sale from their loft

Our lead time for new orders is already out to early February, so this is a great opportunity to get a gift for the holidays as these items are ready to be delivered immediately.

I’ve taken quick pics of just about everything that’s available in our loft (didn’t even dust them off for you).  Have a look-see. Each image (except the Camden Stools) is linked to a page on our website where you can see dimensions, etc. It there is something that interests you, give us a call or shoot us an email for details.

Studio Coffee Table for sale at Huston & Company, Kennebunkport, Maine

Duo End Table, cherry with hammered copper, at Huston & Company

5 Degree Pedestal Table, Huston & Company

Four Camden Counter Stools, 25" seat height, available now at Huston & Company

Prototype Arris Ottoman for sale at Huston & Company, includes leather cushion

Collins Hall Tables for sale at Huston & Company, 25th anniversary edition

Single counter stool available for immediate delivery from Huston & Company

Maine History Chairs, in the loft at Huston & Company available for sale

5 Degree Coffee Table, built of Lyptus by Huston & Company

Beautiful handcrafted Willard Square Breakfast Table by Huston & Company

JP style end tables available for immediate delivery by Huston & Company

Three Princeton Chairs for sale at Huston & Company, Log Cabin Road 04046

Prism Coffee Table, birds eye maple, handcrafted custom furniture

Sweet little side table available for immediate delivery from Huston & Company

And don’t forget, the furniture pieces that are on display in our showroom are always for sale at 10% off, and available for immediate delivery. We have some very beautiful pieces in our showroom right now including our New Haven Bed, Duo Bed, Huston Table Desk, Wright Desk, Arris Sofa and Ottoman, and more!

And for those of you in southern New England, we’ll be showing at the Fine Furnishings Show in Pawtucket this year. See the dates and ticket info on our website homepage. Contact us for discounted tickets! We hope to see you there.

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Jill Strauss and Val Glynn have been customers at Huston & Company for years. They first purchased a custom writing table from us in 2004. They have added pieces here and there ever since. Their home is a treasure trove of custom furniture. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a piece of furniture in Jill and Val’s home that wasn’t handcrafted by one of Maine’s finest furniture-makers.

A custom writing desk for a client of Huston & Company, Kennebunkport, Maine

In 2012, Jill began to talk to Bill about her new cooking school: Jillyanna’s Woodfired Cooking School. She and Val had decided to open the school from their home; Jill would teach classes from their kitchen and patio, and with the new woodfired oven they’d had built. She’d teach small groups to create delectable pizzas and other dishes using the finest ingredients, many of which she’d grow herself.

Beautiful tomatoes at Jillyanna's Woodfired Cooking School

Huston & Company shares image of the herb garden at Jillyanna's

Cherry tomatoes on a summer day at Jillyanna's cooking school, Kennebunkport, Maine

But first, there were things to be done, changes to be made to the house. Jill and Val needed to convert their home to a school, and yet, not really. More to the point, they needed to make the school work within their home. Tricky.

Jill came to Bill Huston with some ideas. Bill visited the house; they explored more ideas. Bill agreed he’d act as a general contractor of sorts, helping Jill to complete the changes needed to open the school. They worked on designs for a new kitchen cabinet that would store Jill’s large mixer and would also be a worksurface for classes. It had to look more like furniture than equipment, it had to work well with the existing aesthetics of Jill and Val’s home, it had to hold refrigerator drawers, and it had to be a practical and efficient use of space.

The mixer cabinet at Jillyanna's, custom designed and built by Huston & Company

Bill helped Jill create plans for additional storage all over the kitchen and in other parts of the home: “stealing space” as Jill puts it, “adjusting things that existed” in her home so they would work for her cooking school while maintaining the home that she and Val share and love. They worked out a plan to “rebuild” the interior of an oddly shaped closet to act as a food pantry. They raised the level of her kitchen island to add a few more drawers. (Check out the awesome drawer in the island, specifically made to hold flour - we didn't do that, but it's super cool). They enclosed open shelving on the end of the kitchen island to create another closed cabinet space.

The storage pantry at Jillyanna's Woodfired Cooking School, by Huston & Company

The kitchen counter at Jillyanna's, modified for school use by Huston & Company

Along the way, Bill introduced Jill to a local contractor and friend who helped with many of the changes in Jill and Val’s home. He connected Jill with the folks at Blue Rock Stone Center to help with her new countertops and other stone features. Bill also encouraged Jill to join the local Chamber of Commerce; to begin networking and establishing relationships with owners of local inns and hotels who might send business her way. When visiting Maine, wouldn’t Jillyanna’s Woodfired Cooking School make for a unique night out?

The patio and oven at Jillyanna's Woodfired Cooking School, Kennebunkport, Maine

Copper pots and pans, photo by Huston & Company, Kennebunkport, Maine

The wood shed that feeds the wood oven that bakes the pizzas that feed us.

While I was visiting Jill and Val in their home to grab some photos, Jill was preparing a roasted red pepper for the weekend classes. Never in my life have I seen someone treat a pepper with such love. Having roasted it in the woodfired oven, then chilled overnight, Jill was gently pulling the charred skin from the pepper. It was massaged, gently cleaned with a soft cloth, massaged again and neatly sliced. When the pepper was finally ready, it was added to a plethora of little bowls of other ingredients, all treated with equal care. All waiting for eager students to create their woodfired masterpieces.

Jill Strauss prepares a roasted red pepper for class at Jillyanna's

The pepper is sliced and ready to go. Jillyanna's Woodfired Cooking School

All the fixin's at Jillyanna's school, Kennebunkport, Maine

Jill Strauss of Jillyanna's Woodfired Cooking School, Kennebunkport, Maine

Jillyanna’s Woodfired Cooking School had a busy summer with classes most weekend nights throughout the season and into fall. You can visit Jillyanna’s online to learn more about Jill and Val, the school, class schedules and rates.

This month, you may tour Jill’s indoor and outdoor kitchens too. Jillyanna’s Woodfired Cooking School will be a part of the annual Coastal Kitchen Tour hosted by the Senior Center at Lower Village in Kennebunk. The Coastal Kitchen Tour will be held on Saturday, October 12th. Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

I have to admit, I'm struggling to get blog posts out as regularly as I'd like. My desk is piled with "to-do" lists, the shop is piled with stacks of furniture parts, the finishing shop is piled with stacks of completed library carrels and more stacks to be completed.

So, my apologies that these posts aren't as weekly as they have been in the past.

Today, I'm posting about a great table that we've just completed and delivered to a client outside of New York City. It's a custom version of our Gates Table: a rectangular extension table with two leaves, a split pedestal, and a little inlay on top.

Huston & Company completes custom Gates Table in Kennebunkport, Maine

The 1 1/4" thick solid cherry top is weighty, so the understructure and extension mechanism are very beefy.  

 

A side view of the custom Gates Table by Huston & Company handbuilt furniture

Kennebunkport, Maine, Huston & Company handcrafted custom furniture

The pedestal is a split Gates Table pedestal, but it's stationary. To insert the leaves, the tabletop itself opens at the center, while the base remains in place.

 

Completed custom Gates Extension Table in the Huston and Company furniture workshop

When the leaves are in place, the table length is a full 90". At 44" wide, this table will comfortably seat 10 people. Check out the inlay; see how it splits when the leaves are in place? A nice little detail. When closed, the table length is 64" - perfect seating for 4-6. 

 

Gates Table, Huston and Company custom handcrafted furniture, Maine

This table, built by Ethan, and the 6 New Baron Chairs that were built to accompany it join several other pieces of custom Huston & Company furniture in their new home.

 

We are working on the final details of our Business After Hours (BAH) with the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel Chamber of Commerce this Thursday. It's shaping up to be quite a party. Please join us if you like. The BAH is open to Chamber members and non-members. Give us a call if you'd like to attend. We're trying to keep a count of anticipated guests. The BAH is this Thursday, the 26th, from 5:30-7:30pm, here at our workshop/showroom.

Also, don't forget our Winter Sale promotion. At this point, our lead time is mid January. But, if you can wait until February, we'll ship your order for free. Or, if you'd like to give a gift of Huston furniture, and need something under the tree, gift certificates are now 10% OFF. The promotion ends at the end of this month, so give us a call and get your order started today!