Handmade rustic decor and curated primitives, from our hands to your home.
Founded in 2016, Rush Creek Rustics is a small, veteran-run business in Northwest Illinois' "Driftless Region." Untouched by glacial drifts, the steep spurs and ridges and bubbling springs, old-growth forests and plentiful wildlife, create an unique ecosystem and lifestyle that is not easily replicated.
Named for the life-giving creek that brings water to our ranch, Rush Creek Rustics began as a create endeavor that occupied and enriched our gloomy winter months of cattle ranching. We've grown slowly, and insist that all of our offerings remain handmade and one-of-a-kind. Toiling away in the shop, with only an old-fashioned forge to keep us warm and the sound of coyotes singing to distract our minds, each of our creations are forged, welded and cut to reflect our creative aesthetics and passion for art.
Rush Creek Rustics sources our materials from the very farm where we live. All of our horse shoes have worked a 14-hour day sorting cattle in the feed lot. Our wood coasters are harvested from fallen trees after spring winds come thrashing through the canyons. Railroad spike hooks have been (legally) removed from our local tracks as our nation's infrastructure grows.
We endeavor to share with you a rural way of living, where recycling, reclaiming and reusing are a necessity rather than a trend. Our rustic / industrial aesthetic is simple, beautiful and functional, and ready for your creative application. Browse our shop, enjoy our ideas, and tell us how we can create a custom design for you today!