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Workshop Blog

Monday, August 13th, 2012

We are full of parts.

When we purchased our CNC machine, we had long debates about how it would be used. That recurring question, “What is handmade?” kept surfacing. We debated between efficiency and profit vs. “true craftsmanship.” Use of the machine became a moral issue to all of us. We found we felt comfortable using it for some things, but not others.

And so we landed here: the CNC is used mostly for parts making, when we have an order for a large quantity of similar or same pieces. It is also used for engraving or for cutting complicated or...

Monday, August 6th, 2012

In today’s world, “buy it cheap, throw it away,” has replaced “a stitch in time saves nine” or “quality over quantity”. We struggle with this. 

As the definition of value wavers, we harken back to a time long before we were here when value was defined by need and price was based on quality. What one could offer in return often determined what one could buy for himself. You need a blanket for your bed? I make blankets. I need a chair for my desk. Oh, you make chairs? Wanna trade? Thank you very much, I’ll take it. 

Monday, July 30th, 2012

On Saturday, July 21st, 317 swimmers dove in and swam 2.4 miles from Peaks Island to Portland’s East End Beach, and our own Saer Huston was one of them.

Saer Huston swimming the Peaks to Portland

The Peaks to Portland Swim is an annual fundraiser for the Cumberland County YMCA. Proceeds from the race go toward the Y’s...

Monday, July 16th, 2012

We’ve been hearing an awful lot about the new “SawStop Law” as it’s been aptly nicknamed. This proposed California legislation was approved by the state senate committee and will likely come to vote in mid August. It has been highly controversial. In case you’re not there, I’ll try to quickly bring you up to speed. 

Table saws are dangerous. Table saw accidents happen frequently in woodworking shops across the country, causing countless injuries and amputations. There’s new technology on the market that enables a table saw blade to...

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

For the third year in a row, we have the privilege of providing furniture for Mary O’Neill’s design at the Old York Historical Society’s Decorator Showhouse

Mary O’Neill has been a client of Huston & Company for many years, periodically ordering custom this-and-that’s for her own clients. She began her own interior design business (Mary O’Neill Interior Design of North Andover, MA) in 2005, after completing a Certificate of...

Monday, July 9th, 2012

In a quiet little hamlet nestled just south of the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire, there sits an institution of exceptional learning; a place where solid foundations are formed around international academic programming, where students are taught ecological sustainability and encouraged to ‘look beyond’ through experiential classrooms.

(Image courtesy of New Hampton School website)

And now, they have a whole bunch of...

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

On Saturday, June 9th, we spent the day at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport tasting scrumptious food, watching others taste scrumptious wine (it’s not good to drink while you work), chatting with old friends and meeting new ones. It was the Grand Tasting; one of many delicious events during the Kennebunkport...

Monday, June 25th, 2012

The opening of “Where are you going, Where have you been?” at the Portland Public Library was this past Friday, June 15th. Bill and Mia Huston were on hand, along with Saer and Genell Huston, and Ethan Verner. Many friends of Huston & Company and members of the Huston family were there too to see the new Rivers pieces on...

Monday, June 18th, 2012

We’ve been asked this question in the showroom a lot lately. No, I’ve never been. None of us here at Huston & Company have ever been to Memphis. 

I have to admit, for no particular reason, Memphis has never been on my bucket list. Perhaps it should be. And now, I think it might be. 

I’d like to see this “River Walk” that I keep hearing about lately. Visitors take one look at the new River Table in the showroom, and...

Monday, June 11th, 2012

When we were asked to provide furnishings for one of the rooms at the Designer Showhouse at the Kenneth Roberts Estate (Rocky Patures) this summer, we jumped at the chance. The showhouse is an event created by the Kennebunkport Historical Society and all proceeds benefit the Society. This is the first time the estate has been opened to the public.

Our friend, and longtime client, Bree Clark of Wright Interiors contacted...