Handcrafted Custom Pool Tables
This is an original customer furnished photo of a historic antique design, the hand carved Jacob Strahle Eureka billiard table, circa 1890. This vintage designed pool table features:
- Quartered Oak
- Cherry Wood Rails
- Cushion Rails Vulcanized Gum Rubber
- Mother Of Pearl Diamond Sights
- 24 Ounce Billiard Cloth
- 1″ To 2″ Best Quality Precision Ground Italian Slate
- Handmade Leather Pockets
Custom Game Tables
At ArtFactory.com we can restore or recreate this same superior quality in the same hand and original craft pool table custom handcrafted just for you, in any style and finish for your residential or commercial location. All custom billiard tables are made from natural air dried (not kiln forced dried) solid hard woods or exotic natural timber. No plywoods, or veneers or import parts. All species of wood are available at your request. We build our custom game room tables in Original Craft – not reproduction, fast process – made in the same hand and materials as the original, designed from the historic records. Our master craftsmen build using hand hewn, mortise and tenon joinery using full length solid timber, hand carved by in house artisan carvers, and >fine art finished to world class collector standards.
Built The Old Fashioned Way “When Everything Made In America Was Built To Last Forever” And Craftsmen Were Proud To Sign Their Work. Our master craftsmanship ensures your custom pool table will stand the test of time, becoming a true family heirloom and valuable future antiquity. Guaranteed Forever – backed by over a century of custom fine art furnishings since 1913.
Handcrafted Billiard Tables
Designs By H. J. Nick and ArtFactory.com, an American manufacturer of custom handmade furniture and game room furnishings based in Scottsdale, Arizona have been designing and building some of the world’s finest furniture for builders and interior designers with ordinary clients as well as more prominent and successful individuals, C.E.O.s, leaders, royalty and celebrities for over a century. Most of our clients want a furnishing that has a BIG WOW factor and elegance. They all want investment value and furnishings that makes a proper statement reflecting their personality or the ambiance of the environment for which it is intended.
Our prices are usually lower than lesser quality, name brand, mass production, fast process imports, because “We Are The Factory,” designing and hand crafting custom furniture in America since 1913.
Pool Tables by Jacob Strahle & Company – Historical Origin and Design Inspiration
JACOB STRAHLE & CO. San Francisco, California (active 1852-1884+)
Cabinetmaker and billiard table manufacture.
The cabinetwork of Jacob Strahle (b. 1832) in the form of billiard tables and household furniture was innovative and extremely well crafted. He composed native woods and materials into artistic and complex forms of furniture that received praise around the world. Due to their abilities they were selected to finish the ceremonial railroad tie, the last laid in the completion of the transcontinental railroad.
Jacob Strahle emigrated from his native land of Germany to America in 1848. He settled in New Orleans before moving to San Francisco, where he began the manufacture of furniture in a small way with the assistance of three partners. By 1869 they were the leading manufacture of billiard tables producing about 100 tables a year at average value of $550.00 each for which he found a ready market. One critic claimed, “The perfection to which the art of working in wood has been brought by Jacob Strahle & Co., of San Francisco, justly entitles the firm to rank among artists.” The billiard table in California laurel, birds-eye redwood, tables inlayed with twenty varieties of wood laurel, white cedar and birds-eye redwood. In addition, a slice of log from which the last tie was taken was a prize to show.
By 1874 the firm was working from a factory and showroom on Market Street and Mr. De St. Germain purchases Mr. Strahle’s interest in the firm. The firm exhibited and were awarded silver and gold medal at the Mechanics Fair and premium at the California State Fair. In 1876 the firm was averaging about $10,000 in monthly sales.
Jacob Strahle & Company
Billiard and pool tables — balls, cues, etc., 515 Market Street
Billiards has grown to be a beautiful and scientific game, and is very popular at present in the leading cities of America and Europe. The house of Jacob Strahle & Co., manufacturers and importers of billiards balls, tables, cues, etc., was established in 1852 by Jacob Strahle, since which time it has expanded into as big a billiard enterprise as any that exist today in the United States. F. de St. Germain is now the sole proprietor, and the location of the manufactory is at No. 515 Market Street opposite Battery. The building which it occupies is 30×100 feet, well lighted and ventilated, and very convenient and commodious. The motive steam power is procured from the Pioneer Flour Mills immediately in the rear. Thirty men are regularly employed at the factory, and thirty more in the capacity of traveling salesmen and employes. The house, founded in 1852 with a very limited capital, has now a capital of $120,000 and its annual receipts average from $75,000 to $80,000. Jacob Strahle & Co. are the sole owners and patentees for the Pacific Coast of Delaney’s Steel Spring Cushion, which has won a worldwide reputation among billiard experts. The trade of the firm is on the Pacific Coast, Mexico, Alaska, Sandwich Islands, China, Japan, etc. In its line the house of Jacob Strahle & Co., is a pioneer, and during the thirty years of its existence has shown a wonderful amount of energy and perseverance in developing a great industry, giving employment to many, and introducing in the manufacture of billiard tables and materials, nearly all of the rare and expensive woods, such as California laurel, bird’s eye, redwood, madrone and manzanita. Jacobs Strahle & Co., is truly an enterprising and progressive house and has received many gold and silver medals, etc., for the beauty of finish and the superb workmanship of the billiard tables, cues, etc., exhibited by it at various times in the Mechanics’ Institute Fair. The tables manufactured by this house are justly celebrated for elegance of design, solidity of construction, durability, etc. The Delaney Steel Spring Cushion is also noted for its elasticity, speed, and accuracy of angles. F. de St. Germain, the present proprietor, possesses all of the peculiar traits of character requisite for the successful management of so vast an enterprise, and is ably seconded by a staff of experienced and competent assistants. The facilities of the house are being rapidly extended, and all possible measures taken to insure a continuance of its increasing and well merited prosperity.
Source: witherells.com; The Industries of San Francisco, by FH Hackett, 1884.