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Saturday, April 30th, 2011

As is true for most in our industry, the past two years have been a roller coaster ride for Huston & Company: up and down, fast and slow, hurry up and wait. So far, 2011 has felt pretty good (lots of wood to knock on here). We’ve had very steady orders rolling through both for residential clients and for libraries and schools.

During the final weeks of winter, we began to finalize pricing and designs and proposals for what looks to be the largest project we’ve ever built here at Huston & Company; furnishings for a university library, due to be installed in...

Friday, March 18th, 2011

We are just completing an order of ten tables for the new chemistry building at Princeton University. For the most part, these tables are not unusual: maple, rectangular tables in two sizes with solid wood tops and square legs – simple. There is one little twist though. We were asked to build these tables with no metal parts; no metal screws or hardware or bits of metal of any kind. 

We don’t typically use a whole lot of metal in our tables anyway but the challenge...

Monday, February 21st, 2011

We've been working on a very unique and dramatic custom desk, and now that it's finished and waiting for the shipper to pick it up, I thought you might like to see it. 

This desk design stems from our Balance Console Table. The client requested Tiger Maple for this desk so Bill Huston handpicked the boards at the lumberyard.

There are no drawers or other storage in the design, but this desk will easily stand on it's own with it's great shape, color and grain patterns.

Below, the sub-top and parts of the base await assembly.

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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Whoa. We are busy. A little crazy actually.

We’ve been working hard to complete a project for Suffolk County Community College on Long Island. This project came to us through JCJ Architecture in Connecticut.

Our portion of the project at the Montaukett Learning Resource Center on the colleges East Campus consists of 13 library tables, 4 counter-height tables, 48 end panels, pinwheel carrels, canopy tops, periodical shelving, coat racks, book trucks and...

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

We are beginning to do more with the CNC that we added to the shop last year. We’ve enjoyed offering engravings on certain items to personalize them. This has been a common request for our academic work; engraving the school seal or crest on the backs of chairs, or the center of a conference table.  But other than that, we’ve mostly used it to help with making batches of parts for large orders. 

Because we build furniture, we don't spend much time thinking about making other things. Until the folks at ...

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

I was doing a little research today. I was told to research some keywords on Google, to find out what all of you readers might like to learn from us, the custom furniture people. It was an interesting exersize.

Under "how to check for quality wood furniture," I found the advice that joints using staples are not good joints. Really? You don't say. And that furniture that tips, or twists or wobbles isn't good either. Oh.

And did you know that "distressed" furniture goes through a process where it is banged and scratched and dented on...

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

A couple of years ago I asked Bill to create some shelving for the showroom to display accessories such as glass and ceramics. I asked that it be portable, so we could bring it to trade shows and easily move it about the showroom. He came up with this design and built two of them.

The frame is cherry. It has a piano hinge on top and when the glass is removed the frame folds flat for easy transportation. The glass shelves, graduated in size from top to bottom, are...

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Once in a while we find we have enough inventory to make a sale worthwhile, and we like to take advantage of the opportunity to get our customers here for a visit. We don't get to visit with you all enough.

And therefore...

Announcing the Huston & Company

COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND
RESIDENTIAL FURNITURE SALE

October 8-11, 2010

New orders 15% OFF*
Showroom samples and newly built inventory 20% OFF
Select furniture pieces and accessories up to 60% OFF...

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Every once in a while we get a request for work that isn't quite what we do, but is so intriguing we are eager to take it on. A podium built of 50,000 year old Cyprus is an example, or a custom stand for a ship's wheel.

This past month we were asked if we could help out with an antique bed; a bed that has been in the owner's family for generations, made of ribbon striped mahogany. "It's a full size bed," the customer told me over the phone, "and I'd like it to be queen size."

Full size to queen size, eh? Antique...

Monday, September 13th, 2010

As many of you know, we recently built some reading tables for the Miller Library at Colby College. The tables were designed by Scott Teas, an architect at TFH Architects, with collaboration from Bill Huston. After the first order was delivered, a second order was placed as the college is making improvements to the library a little at a time. 

The tables were a huge success. Not only did the library staff love the tables, but we are told that the seats at the new tables are always the first to fill in, that more students stay at the library longer now that the tables are in...