Rustic Works is your barn board and hardwood framing and mirror specialist. I can frame anything, any size for your space.
Barn board, salvaged from local Ontario barns can be reused to make incredible pieces to fit any decor. Rustic and modern spaces alike can come alive with a custom frame, mirror or accent wall made from wood that has been naturally aged, in some cases for a century.
"Everything I create is made to your exact dimensions, look, and wood character choices. If you don't love it, we start over and you don't pay until you love it."
-Keith Tribe, Rustic Works owner/craftsman
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Rustic works makes custom frames to fit any print, artwork, or media in any size and natural colour tone you desire! All frames are made to order. Frames made will include glass and backing (if required) as well as wire or hooks to hang. Standard sizes like 8x10, 5x7, 4x6, and 8.5x11 are available as well as any frame measurements you require to fit your needs exactly! Glass is available in high quality such as non glare, archival quality etc. Canvases are mounted on a black blacker and will appear to float inside the frame. I am always open to new ideas for framing and projects. Let's discuss how to frame your next project!
Please note that frames shown have been made custom for previous clients and are not for sale. If you like a specific frame/design you see contact me to discuss how you can get something similar.
Mirrors of any size can be custom made. Mirror glass is custom cut with appropriate thickness for your project. Rustic Works mirrors look stunning as a bathroom vanity mirror, full length for dressing, entry and hallways etc. Made with either barn board or sliced beams, in any room they are a show stopper!
Barn Board Walls
A barn board wall, as a multi wall design or a simple accent wall can create a warmth and character unmatched by paint or wallpaper in any decor space. I use only local barn board or matched tones to ensure your wall has a beautiful flow to it. Each board is burned along any cut edges to ensure that the finished product looks like its been there for decades. Whether you are a home owner, a contractor or a designer, I can match the wood and wall to whatever space you have!
Both business and personal, our custom designed, painted and framed chalkboards have endless opportunity for fun and functionality. The Rustic Works team includes a dedicated designer and painter that use stenciled vinyl to create visually stunning templates that once painted are ready for whatever you need them for. Custom graphics, logo, lettering and more can all be done in house! Have an idea? Let's make it happen.
Rustic Works is WSIB compliant and registered
My shop is located in Horseshoe Valley north of Barrie, ON (north of the GTA). I can ship most items anywhere in North America. I do not carry inventory for viewing as everything is custom made.
I accept e-transfer, cash, and credit cards. HST is added onto every purchase.
Delivery can be arranged within the GTA and reasonable driving distances from my shop for a fee.
Installation of mirrors and frames if requested is possible, but I am not responsible for any damage or loss incurred once it has been hung.
Writings about Rustic Works
Heritage to Heirloom- Bridging Past to Future
By Fran Kruse, Sidekick Creative, Nov 29, 2019
He works alone in his wood shop. But, he's not alone. Among the sawdust, weathered planks, and hand-forged nails are the whispers of pioneers and echoes of barn animals.
Keith Tribe, of Rustic Works, specializes in custom reclaimed decor. He is a time traveler as he cleans century-old barn boards with a horsehair brush, to create heirloom pieces for future generations.
Tribe, a multi-serial entrepreneur since the age of 19 and former owner of a profitably Keg Restaurant, was always laser-focused on his career direction."This twist in my career path was organic, not planned," says Tribe. "This one took me by surprise."
In 2013, Tribe and his wife, Mary, were driving along a country road when they saw a simple sign – Barn Board for Sale.
Mary needed her prized collection of Barrie native and renowned artist, Robbie Craig prints framed. Tribe admits his first attempt, using wood purchased from a big box store, didn't do justice to the prints. "It didn't look right or feel right," he says. "But I have a stubborn business mindset that says, 'you try, try again until you get it right'." He purchased a bundle of bleached boards and set to work.
Mary was thrilled with the outcome and snapped pictures to share with family and friends on social media. The Canadian artist re-posted the pictures to his 250K global followers. Overnight Tribe was flooded with calls and emails asking him to create frames, mirrors, signs, furniture and even accent walls. Initially, he turned down the inquiries. "I was just fooling around in my workshop," says Tribe. "Mainly I was bored."
Soon orders poured in from overseas, and as any astute entrepreneur knows – you listen to your audience.
That was 2014. Nowadays, Tribe commutes across his living room and enters his workshop where he pulls on the brown leather bib-apron and is ready for his day at the 'office'.
Tribe surveys the collection of woodworking hand-tools past down from his dad and grandfather. He strokes the rough-hewn siding, floorboards, and rafter beams stacked arm deep against the shop walls.
In the far corner are pieces of 200-year old barn board with unique knots, grains, pits and patina. "I sometimes save these boards for two years," Tribe says, "until the right project comes along that demands a one of a kind piece of wood."
Tribe lovingly hoards everything. "Nothing goes to waste," he says. He even uses the rustic hardware – hinges, handles, clasps and square head nails that can add character to a project.
Many times Tribe catches his breath when he turns over a board to reveal a name, date or family insignia. "It hits you in the gut," he says, "and you realize the true grit of these early settlers."
Tribe feels honoured when he receives a call to attend the dismantling of an old barn because he gets to meet the descendants of the original owner. "Sometimes six generations have worked the farm," says Tribe. As he stands in the field with the musty smell of old hay and bygone cattle, Tribe listens to their family stories.
To pay homage to the history Tribe says, "I always offer to donate a picture frame made from the boards so they can display sentimental photos of the barn and farm life." For Tribe, reverence for centuries past and respect for the farming tradition is like the wood grain – deep and enduring.
These values underscore Tribe's work – from choosing the perfect board, brushing decades of dirt and bugs by hand – never chemicals – sanding, oiling, and polishing until the piece meets his high standards.
In the end, "if you don't love it, we start over, and you don't pay until you love it," says Tribe. "That's my guarantee."
Tribe invites everyone to his shop. "Their eyes pop and they stay for hours," Tribe explains, "especially the 30 and 40-year-olds who may be the last generation to witness these finite ancient structures."
Tribe doesn't describe himself as a carpenter, cabinetmaker or even an artist. However, many would disagree.
Only a true artist can span the gap between centuries of heritage to centuries of future generations. A timeless family heirloom by Rustic Works is that bridge.