Howard Hatch’s Place in the World of Fine Billiard Tables
During his college years at The School for American Craftsmen at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Howard Hatch was a dedicated student of furniture design… and playing pool. Howard had been building fine furniture for years but was held back from his desire to build billiard tables due to the lack of availability of slate. In 1996 he was commissioned by a client to build a billiard table and realized that due to the increasing size of homes at that time more clients wanted billiard tables and slate was becoming more available. Thus began a new branch of Howard’s furniture business called Hatch Billiards.
The article, entitled “A Game for the Ages,” takes the reader through the range of possibilities available when seeking a fine billiard table. It starts with a discussion of specialists who restore richly detailed antique billiard tables and ends with a company that makes ultra-modern tables with proportions and materials you’d never expect in a billiard table.
Howard’s tables are showcased in this spectrum as examples of billiard tables that are as much about art and craftsmanship as anything else. And because Howard has such a solid knowledge of the game, he is keenly aware of how the table should play and feel.
Howard’s studio is in Brunswick, ME. He has sold pool tables to clients across the continental U.S. and recently to a customer in Hawaii who found him through CustomMade. You can see more of his work (billiard tables and furniture) and contact him here on CustomMade: