BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE - Earlier this month, more than 50 rustic makers, artisans, and artists shared their creations at the Adirondack Museum's annual celebration of the rustic aesthetic, an American form that springs from deep roots in the Adirondack region.
As has become tradition, two awards were bestowed during the event: a Makers' Choice Award, given by the makers themselves to one of their peers for outstanding work, and a People's Choice Award, selected in a vote by museum visitors. What was unusual-and noteworthy-during the 2013 Rustic Furniture Fair was that both awards this year were won by the same artisans: L. Post Rustics of AuSable Forks.
The family business is comprised of father Larry Post, mother Joann Post, son Ryan Post and daughter Jillian Post, and they continue generations of traditions inherited from forebears in the Champlain Valley and Adirondack Mountains. Larry has worked in cabinetmaking for more than 30 years, and Joann is a fine artist who makes oil paintings and designs bark and twig elements for the family's furniture creations. Ryan designs and builds, and Jillian is a full-time wood carver.
Adirondack Museum Executive Director David M. Kahn, left, presents the 2013 Makers’ Choice Award to L. Post Rustics during the 26th annual Rustic Furniture Fair at the museum on Sept. 14. L. Post Rustics is a family business located in Au Sable Forks (to the right of Kahn): Ryan Post, Larry Post, Jillian Post and Joann Post.
This was the fifth year L. Post Rustics has been invited to display their work at the museum's Rustic Furniture Fair, and they previously have won the Makers' Choice Award in 2012 and the People's Choice award in 2009. Galleries of some of their rustic armoires, beds, bookcases, cabinetry, carvings, chests, clocks, credenzas, desks, dressers, hutches, sideboards, tables, and more can be enjoyed at www.lpostrustics.com.
Next year the 27th Annual Rustic Furniture Fair will be held at the museum Sept. 13 and 14, 2014, followed by the museum's Antiques Show and Sale, Sept. 20 and 21, 2014.