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Meet Lucas Jablonski of Lighthouse Woodworks in East Boston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lucas Jablonski. Him and his team share their story with us below.

Please kick things off with some background on the story.
Our two founders, Daniel and Lucas, first met two decades ago through the friendship of their fathers. Despite growing up in different states they managed to maintain a friendship over the years, and as fate would have it, they both moved to a city other than where they 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. Daniel had become a businessman, specializing in sales and customer relations, and as a dad of three boys, he’d also developed a joy for building projects for – and with – his kids.

Lucas and Daniel found themselves in similar situations; they were husbands, dads, craftsmen. Both had a passion for their industries, but with new babies on the way, they 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 their “what-ifs” blossomed into Lighthouse.

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. We’re excited to start a conversation with you and see what we can build for your family.

Has it been a smooth road?
It hasn’t been always smooth. When we started, Daniel and I were both put into positions where our jobs were at risk. Both of us had kids on the way and were put in front of an option. Either we make this work or we go find other jobs. And we decided to risk everything and follow our dream. In the beginning, it was very hard, we were on unemployment and were really struggling to make ends meet. We sold our car and other things just to be able to pay our bills, but we knew that we couldn’t give up and that all the struggle would be worth it soon.

Not long after, we started having Daniel in the office and me in the shop building all our projects turned out to be the perfect duo. Daniel was bringing in the work and I was producing it. People fell in love with our brand, our story, and our product! We continue to promise to build a piece of furniture that will last for generations. working strictly with very high-end woods like walnut, live edge slabs, and authentic reclaimed barn wood has really made a statement for our style.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Lighthouse Woodworks – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
At Lighthouse, we build the best custom farm tables and live edge tables. As I said previously, everything is as authentic as it can be. Very high-quality woods and being a small custom business serving the city of Boston we manage to keep our prices pretty competitive with the big box stores. We’re known for our passion when clients come into our showroom and shop, they fall in love with the experience, they see our dedication and care, and they are very confident that they’re getting exactly what they’re dreaming. Also, many clients love being edified about wood species, how a tree grows and works different finishes and why we use the finishes we do. I always console clients with the fact that we have a lot of experience in our field. I grew up in a wood shop. I learned a lot from my father on how wood is and how tools work.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
The culture, the Boston culture is amazing. We aren’t filled with boxscores everywhere like most cities. Giving people like us a chance to put our stamp and leave our name. Bostonians have a love for this city, much more than most cities because we have a lot to be proud of makes us care! Our history, our schools, and our people!

Dislikes?…. traffic… it’s horrible.

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