Local furniture maker not happy about IKEA coming to St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- If you see what they saw, you might be in the furniture making business as well.

"Our stuff has a whole story to tell behind it," says Jimmy Farah, Rustic Grain`s president.  "It's real wood.  It's not fabricated overseas.  It's actually picked in a 50 mile radius of St. Louis."

You might call these furniture makers from St. Louis the anti-IKEA. They call themselves Rustic Grain.

It's a group of creative carpenters who splintered off into a new direction, making furniture from old farms and barns.

"It's the fourth oldest barn in Madison County in Illinois," says Farah.  "It was becoming a liability, kind of falling apart.  We wanted to breathe new life into it.  And what better way to dismantle something that was a liability and then turn into a piece that somebody could have in their home."

The business, plain and simple hopes to build on clients willing to go against the grain and think handmade in their hometown instead of big box store.

"You can't drive down any highway in Missouri without seeing a structure that is just falling apart," says design manager Tim Nummela.  "There's a certain amount of beauty to them if you've got the right eye for it."

And customers are seeing fit to pay $300 to $400 to make something old new again.

Each piece comes with a description and latitude and longitude of where the barn once stood.

It's good they respect old when, especially when seeing history come alive again.

"Yeah, I'd say that's definitely a tagline we've thrown around a lot," says Farah.  "Take pride in what this used to be and give it new life."

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