Often when I’ve been to art and craft shows, quite a few “artisans” have a handout detailing what their motivation is for dedication so much time and effort in their chosen craft. Recently, I wrote one for my interest in rustic furniture and this gave thought as to what motivates other woodworkers regardless of their preferred area of interest.
So if you’d like to share you inner most thoughts(?), besides the one that the Gizzard has lost his mind again, I’d like to hear them. And of course, I’ll start with mine to give y’all a boost.
Rustic Furniture: An Expression Of Love
My idea of rustic furniture comes from what I believe the folks who actually made what we call “rustic” furniture had in mind when they built furniture. I envision a farmer or rancher who had a need for a chair, or table or some other kind of furniture.
However, these folks were not furniture makers by trade, but by necessity. Taking care of fields, crops, livestock, farming equipment and the like were the keys to their survival and therefore much more important than making furniture. Winter time, however, when life on the farm or ranch slows down some, was most likely the time they built what was needed for the “comforts” of home.
Rustic furniture, back in the day, was most often made using some type of readily available hardwood. And if built with care their creations would last for generations to come. Function and durability over form and fashion was the guiding principle. And therein lies the beauty we recognize in “rustic” furniture. Function over form. Strength over fashion. The beauty within the simplicity of functional furniture built by loving hands with the intent and need to serve for generations to come. Built not for fashion, but for the wives, children, grandchildren and their children to use and enjoy, to touch, to feel and to see the love and care that was in the maker’s hands.
When I go to my shop to build a piece of “rustic” furniture, my goal is to make something that shows the strength and beauty of the rustic form and the love and care from my hands for you and your family to enjoy for generations to come.
-- Dennis, Tennessee