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Workshop Blog

Monday, November 19th, 2012

While we think our furniture is the very best, we do like to see what others in the custom furniture world are up to. And of course, there is a ton of great stuff out there. Fantastic designs, wonderful materials, great ideas, excellent craftsmanship.

I often head to Etsy to find out what's out there. Today I searched for "reclaimed wood furniture" and here are a few items that caught my eye. (The images are linked, in case you want to investigate further)


Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

I’m often surprised at the diversity of our clients and projects. At any given time, we are building a wide range of furniture pieces for our customers. 

The next couple of months are a perfect example. 

Currently in our workshop, we have The Princeton Project, a large order of pieces loosely called ‘study carrels’. They are more like really-beautiful-cubicles-for-students; each complete with bulletin board, locker, phone/electrical/internet connections, lighting, coat hooks. Large project; big, well-known client.

Monday, October 29th, 2012

As we work our way through each Autumn, we begin to plan our marketing for the coming year. We begin with as much analysis as we can conjure on our marketing of the past year: who responded to what? what seemed to work and what didn’t? how well did we stick to our budget and our plan? 

We divide our marketing into two camps: residential and non-residential. In other words, we need to speak to people who will buy furniture for their home, and those...

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

In preparation for some spring and summer advertising for 2013, we had ourselves a little photo shoot this past week. We were grateful to be allowed to utilize one of the adorable cottages at Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport. Hidden Pond is a resort of cottages; each one different and decorated in a unique style by a local interior decorator or designer. We chose a cottage called First Light. It was a beautiful, sunny, fall day.


Monday, October 1st, 2012

I had a call from a potential customer recently who had a new question for me; new to me. She asked if we could build her a sofa with cushions that are free from any flame retardant chemicals. In other words, cushions that don’t use standard upholstery foam.

Pause. Ponder. Ask.

As I delved further into her query, I learned that she is in the process of removing flame retardant chemicals from her home as much as possible: in her furniture, in the carpeting, in clothing, everywhere she can. She has small children, she explained, and these chemicals are so harmful,...

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Throughout the past few years, we’ve had the great pleasure to build furniture for the University of New England. It started in 2008, with a collection of pieces for the George and Barbara Bush Center, on the University’s campus in Biddeford. We worked closely with Bree Wright Clark of Wright Interiors on this project. When completed we’d built 40 pieces of furniture for this lovely space.


Monday, September 10th, 2012

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.
Did you know that when you order furniture from Huston & Company, whether it’s for your home, your office, or your library or school, we send you a big, beautiful brick of solid chocolate after delivery?

True story. We know you have lots of choices for your furniture. We also enjoy getting to know our customers and are grateful for the new relationships and friendships we gain when you choose us. The chocolate is our way of saying thank you.

Usually a month or two after your furniture is delivered, once you’ve had...

Monday, August 20th, 2012

As word circles in the industry about the USDA’s $14.8M contribution to the battle of the beetle, we are reminded to be diligent ourselves.  

The short story…

It is believed the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB), native to China, Japan and Korea, made its way to the US in solid wood packing material used in shipping transport. It was...

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...