St. Lawrence University

North Country Folk Series

Fred Peryer

In the foot hills of the Adirondack Mountains, Fred Peryer (Rustick Creations) lives on the land that was once his grandfather's farm. 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 was introduced to rustic furniture. 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.

Fred has now been building rustic furniture for over 20 years. He 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."