Inspiring. Creative. Purpose.
In the foot hills of the Adirondack Mountains in northwestern New York State, Fred Peryer (Rustick Creations) lives on the land that was once his grandfathers farm in the home he built with his wife, Bonnie. His other grandfather was a camp caretaker and, as a boy, Fred worked with him summers and weekends opening and closing camps where he repaired docks, boathouses and any other work needed. Later in life, while working as a carpenter in the Saranac Lake area, Fred was inspired by rustic furniture seen in the camps in which he worked.
While a corrections officer, husband, and father to two sons now serving in the United States Air Force, Fred has been building rustic furniture for over 20 years. Fred's first rustic piece was a bark and twig frame created for his wife and the business grew and expanded as it gave Fred a sense of creative purpose.
Fred works in a classic rustic style, often using twig designs on white birch bark, as well as incorporating stone into his tables and stools. Fred selects, cuts, saws and harvests all natural materials from his land in the foothills of The Adirondack Mountains.
" I love the variety of the work. If you're building traditional chairs, you cut all the same pieces and it quickly becomes repetitive. With rustic, I could build a hundred chairs yet never cut the same piece twice. It keeps it a lot more interesting because you're fitting every piece itself."