Frank Hudson Ltd
Business Address: Frank Hudson Ltd, Rosebery Avenue, Pinions, High Wycombe, Bucks HP13 7AH
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About Frank Hudson Ltd
Frank Hudson has a long history of fine furniture making dating back to the Second World War.
Three generations of the Hudson family have learnt the craft, passed on from the generation before. With this fantastic history comes a wealth of experience, used to design and produce a stunning collection of furniture.
The Frank Hudson family business began life over sixty years ago, handed down over the years from generation to generation.
Frank Hudson founded the company in 1947 and is highly regarded as a master-carver of his time. He began his carving career in 1917 as an apprentice for the then well-known Italian wood-carver Tulio Cain who set up a small factory in the local area, carving pieces for the furniture trade. He then moved on to work for Sir Henry Stone who was an expert in decorative furniture, before finally setting up on his own enterprise.
During the war, demand for delicately carved furniture fell and Frank did his duty as a civilian ground engineer at Booker Airfield.When wartime was over, the company helped with the reconstruction of a devastated London, restoring famous buildings such as the beautiful panelling in Girdlers Hall.
Successful commissions led to further work and an impeccable reputation on which the business grew; even supplying furniture to the HM Queen. Frank never gave up carving and carried on until passing on the business to his son Rex.
Another successful commission was the Red Lion that proudly stands in High Wycombe High Street above what was the Red Lion Hotel. Some notable events have occurred next to his beautiful mane which was carved and unveiled in 1956.
Rex Hudson grew up watching his father carve and create beautiful furniture. The original factory was based right across the road from where the family lived, and as he was studying Furniture Design at the time, Rex would spend his remaining time at the factory.
He would do everything from drawing amazing sketches for customers, making the moulds to hand delivering the finished item. This hands-on work ethic was passed onto his three sons who are involved in business today – Tim (Managing Director), James (Commercial Director) and Tom (Operations).
Under their control and direction, the business has flourished with the company producing not only periodfurniture but also undertaking contract work and orders for bespoke pieces. They were even asked to furnish the Sheraton Hotel in Knightsbridge, London.
The brothers have been involved in the business from a very early age. They carried out simple tasks such as sweeping the floor, but this allowed them to get a feel for the business right from the start. Each son added a different string to the bow; Tim – the beautiful finishes, James – a master carver, Tom – quality control. Today, all three run the business with Tim and James heavily involved in design and Tom in customer service and logistics.