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Meet Daniel Noe and Lucas Jablonski of Lighthouse Woodworks in East Boston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Daniel Noe and Lucas Jablonski.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Daniel and Lucas. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
We first met two decades ago, through the friendship of their fathers. Despite growing up in different states, we managed to maintain a friendship over the years and as fate would have it, we both ended up in a city other than where we grew up: Boston.

Lucas had become a carpenter, learning the trade from his father who owned a successful business building and installing custom kitchens. From leading all the projects in the family workshop, Lucas expanded into the more artistic side of the trade, designing and building furniture. I (Daniel) had become a businessman, specializing in marketing and customer relations and as a dad of three boys, I’d also developed a joy for building projects for – and with – my kids.

Together, we found ourselves in similar situations; we were husbands, dads, craftsmen. We both had a passion for our industries, but with new babies on the way, we were inspired to do more. Late night “what-ifs”, turned into “maybe this could be a thing.” A long-distance friendship became a partnership and our “what-ifs” blossomed into Lighthouse.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has been surprisingly smooth. The hardest part was working out of a garage in the sweltering summer heat for a while until we got our current shop leased and set up.

The other big struggle has been finding quality live edge slabs and reclaimed wood. It is hard to find the good stuff at a reasonable price but we really wanted to be able to offer custom furniture that is affordable to the average family and we figured it out!

Please tell us about Lighthouse Woodworks.
We created Lighthouse in order to provide custom, handcrafted furniture that’s built to last – and to last through the daily wear-and-tear of family life. As a family-oriented company, we believe that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice design or quality for accessibility. And just as every family is different, our furniture is custom made to accommodate your different wants and needs.

Furniture is special because it’s what turns our houses into homes. The crib in the first baby’s room, the dining table and chairs set for your first holiday meal – these are memorials in our lives, moments we will never forget. And to be able to have that furniture forever, to pass those pieces down to your children, is like being able to pass that love from one generation to the next.

That is what makes us different: our passion for the work and the level of craftsmanship we can offer. We believe we make the highest quality tables in the Boston area and we want it to last so that you can pass it on to your kids.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would taken out a big loan! We started up with the money in our respective savings accounts and I think we could’ve gotten to where we are a lot faster if we had the capital.

We also weren’t focused enough at the beginning on what would become our main product line: custom reclaimed wood and live edge tables. Took us a while to figure that out but thanks to our customers we did it.

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