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.”
“The back piece, the gallery piece, is in the shape of Whiteface Mountain,” Joann said.
A bow-front console table balances on a root base and is accented with antlers. Its back gallery depicts water scenes featuring frogs and dragonflies. The table is bound for a remote island on Hudson Bay.
“Our theme at the show was a lot of aquatic things,” Joann said.
At the Rustic Fair, Jillian did carving demonstrations.
“She had quite a crowd around her,” Larry said. “I think that’s part of why we won.”
“She gives us the opportunity to elevate our work,” Joann said. “I can’t think of anyone who makes rustic furniture that can do the building and come out with creative designs, the oil painting and carving in one spot. We can offer a lot of bells and whistles to our customers.”
Besides plaques to hang in their workshop, the Posts earn the prestige associated with the well-known show.
“It legitimizes our art,” Joann said. “It makes our pieces more collectible, and we have customers who contact us because we’ve won the award. They know your work must really be up to par, at a standard that ranks high. It’s the largest show. You rank high enough to win an award there, your work must be exceptional. That itself is more than a monetary prize. It’s a continuation of business based on that award.”
The sawdust is flying once again with the Posts hard at work on a commissioned bar for an avid fisherman.
“Jilly’s carving on it,” Larry said. “We’re working on the back. It has the hull of a boat.”
“Larry is building the boat from scratch,” Joann said. “Our entire winter is booked up through next spring.”
“We always have room for more,” Larry said.
The Posts are overdue for some downtime.
“We have deliveries to do, and we got our noses to the grindstone and working on pieces we were working on prior to the show,” Joann said. “We said we want to take some time off, a few days. We take one day off, we start gravitating to the workshop again. This is what we love to do.”
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