October 14, 2013

Family of artisans build Adirondack heirlooms

AuSABLE FORKS — L. Post Rustics — Larry, Joann, Ryan and Jillian Post — create exquisite, rustic furniture and are racking up an oak-solid rep in the rustic world.

At the recent Adirondack Museum Rustic Fair, the Posts swept the top awards, Maker’s Choice and People’s Choice, in Blue Mountain Lake.

“We were kind of floored about that,” said Larry, who founded the business in 2004.

“All the other makers, artisans voted on who they felt did the best job. There are between 50 and 60 people voting.”

A record number of fair attendees voted the Posts as the People’s Choice.

Their display featured an array of tables, mirrors, paintings with custom frames, consoles and cabinets, including one spectacular piece commissioned around Christmas last year. It features paintings by Joann and mink and ermine carvings by Jillian.

“We had it completed prior to the show,” Joann said. “We got permission from the woman who commissioned it to bring it to the show. It’s a scene of the Upper Saranac. It’s the scene outside her home.”

“The woman asked me to carve a mink and ermine,” Jillian said. “She sees a lot of them on her property.” 

The cabinet’s side panels are carved to look like a tree and segue from rugged detail to a fine, more delicate design in the cabinet’s center featuring alder leaves.

“She sees a lot of them on her property, too,” Joann said. “It’s a marshy area.”

The Posts worked a good nine months on the commission.

“Jillian had to do her carvings first, and I had to do my paintings,” Joann said. “The woman knew it was going to be quite some time with that much art.”

A smaller but equally spectacular piece features idyllic vistas of Whiteface and the Ausable River. 

“The side panels have a blue herring and mallard ducks on it,” Larry said. “The side pillars have cattails carved on it. That was all carved by Jillian in solid cherry.”

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