Some of the most beautiful homes across the country are filled with custom handmade rustic furniture, lighting and decor. These designer furnishings can also be found in fine hotels and lodges in many of our national parks.
Rustic or western style furniture is inspired by the rugged beauty of the wilderness, our early American history and Native American art. Much of the raw material used to make rustic decor is indigenous to America, such as reclaimed weathered barn wood, burl wood, pine, Aspen and willow.
Some of the most stunning and unique wood furniture is made from burl wood, which is actually a fast growing, abnormal growth found on some trees. This occurs as a result of environmental stress or damage caused by a fungus or insects. Burl wood is highly valued by artists and furniture designers because of its unique shapes and ring patterns. Most burl wood is collected from trees that have already died. It can also be removed from healthy trees that develop large offshoots which can cause additional stress and eventually kill the tree.
Reclaimed weathered barn wood is another popular material found in rustic furniture and decor. This wood has a rich, unique finish with every piece looking different. It also has a history, one can only wonder what stories this wood could tell if it only had a voice. Rustic decor made from reclaimed barn wood brings a piece of the past into your home.
Another way to customize rustic furniture that makes it one of a kind and unique to you is supplying your own material for upholstering things like benches, chairs, sofas, bar stools, etc. Many designers that offer custom made furniture will allow you to send your own material for the piece at no additional cost.
Many antique items found on old ranches such as wagon wheels, tractor seats and barbed wire can be used to create rustic decor. Wrought iron forged by a blacksmith is another common material found in rustic furniture and lighting. Products made using wrought iron are usually very sturdy and can last for decades. The care and craftsmanship that goes into handmade rustic furnishings make these products a worthwhile investment.