It was 1996 when Luke Barrow graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Out of school and with no money, Luke was maintaining an old farmhouse in exchange for rent. While working on the land, he realized a natural looking porch swing could be built from the pile of cleared cedar brush. The first swing flipped over backwards too easily. The next one was uncomfortable. On the third try, he got it. So a bench followed, and some chairs, tables and bird-feeders. Next came the metal-roof gazebo in the back yard.
Luke realized he had a knack for this stuff. And people took notice.
Soon Luke’s Rustic Garden Structures could be found at area garden centers. Landscapers and designers were calling for consultations. Arbors were popping up all over town (and the state of NC, for that matter).
Now Rustic Garden Structures pop up all over the country; eighteen states and growing, from Rhode Island to Texas to California. On site, custom construction thrives as the Barrows collaborate with homeowners as well as landscape architects and garden designers.
The Product Speaks For Itself
All Rustic Garden Structures are built of Eastern Red Cedar. The natural cedar oil makes the wood impervious to termites and water, so a Rustic Garden Structure can rival any pressure-treated lumber product. In addition, the structures are held together with galvanized deck screws which have been pre-drilled and countersunk. This minimizes splitting as it ages. The only nails found are on the bench seats, which have been properly dried and water-proofed to maintain that beautiful red color.
Most importantly, every Rustic Garden Structure is a One of a Kind, and unlike any other garden product out there. All thanks to a little creativity, some hard work and a porch swing that flipped.