rustic style of furniture arose in the 1880s and was especially
popular at the time of Teddy Roosevelt, when wealthy American
families were building large summer retreats or Great Camps, especially
in upstate New York. The style is often referred to as Adirondack
furniture. All of it is extremely strong and durable, built using
sturdy mortise and tenon joints. Rustic popularity ebbed during
the 1940s, but has now come back strongly.
wood used for indoor rustic furniture includes maple, hickory,
oak, and elm. The outdoor rustic furniture is made with cedar.
Each piece is unique. Rustic craftsmen carefully select each piece
of wood to fit the furniture under construction. The wood generally
has bark, but the furniture may also be ordered pealed.
are almost never destroyed for rustic furniture. Frank Hamm uses
fallen trees or wood that has been cut for other reasons. For
example, local contacts give Frank a call whenever they know of
appropriate trees that are about to be cleared.
lives in Weston, MA and has been crafting rustic furnishings for
fourteen years. His work has been written up in Boston Magazine,
the Boston Globe, American Style Magazine, Design Times, Better
Homes and Gardens and he has appeared on CBS This Morning, Chronicle,
New England Cable News, and Discovery Channel.
his vision for his work, Frank says, "I am inspired by the
grace and beauty in the natural forms of wood. I endeavored to
create harmonious, sculptural forms by carefully coordinating
the complex shapes of individual wood cuttings. There is a special
meaning for me in seeing the previously useful life of a piece
of wood, seat material, or embellishment, and to now see it in
a different form, with renewed life and integrity. I work with
a flexible mind, a sense of humor, and a careful eye toward wood
selection and joinery. I have always admired well designed, aesthetically
pleasing and functional things, and I have resolved to include
these qualities in my own work."
rustic furniture from Massachusetts Bay Trading Company has the
durability to last for generations.