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Conversations with D. Pierce Giltner

Today we’d like to introduce you to D. Pierce Giltner. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Having a 30-year of construction experience specializing in carpentry, and being born with creative talent, Giltner established Rustic Installations in 1995. “Utilizing rare materials as the cornerstone for each project” is his mission statement, It began with rustic furniture, tiki bars, then interior build-outs. The present-day is his Tabby Fireplaces.

During the mid-late 1800s along the Sea Islands, bricks were very costly to make and transport. Throughout the tidal waterways were mounds of shells. Tabby is a mixture of water, lime, sand, and a ton of broken shells. Poured into a form and set in intervals and then dried, walls were constructed to build structures, which are now today old Tabby ruins.

Giltner adopted the same process and appeal with his Tabby fireplaces. With his mastery of carpentry and creative talent, each installation is rare and unique creating a work of art to set alone like no other.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, it has not been a smooth road. With no college degree, the construction industry was my way of living. It was very difficult… labor intensive and physically demanding. It was challenging in so many ways: I had no social life, as my friends were attending and partying during the college years, and I was up at 5 am working 12-hour days.

I always struggled with not using my creativity, helping my boss at the time live their dream instead of mine….. but it wasn’t time to become an entrepreneur and live my dream…… I still had a lot of learning to do.

I was lucky enough to have mentors along the way, who spent the time teaching as if I was a sponge absorbing everything I could, learning the trades, and fundamentals of running a business and establishing a strong work ethic.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I specialize in having the mindset, skillset, and creativity to create rare and unique works of art. As an outsider artist(no formal training), In my early years, I’m known for my “folk art” style paintings using house paint, salvaged wood, and tin from derelict tenant houses and painting subjects of the South. Attending many shows, and festivals and winning 2 best of shows.

When I moved to Bluffton 18 years ago I opened an outside art studio and gallery, Along with creating folk art pieces, my main subject was a 3rd generation oysterman. Now, I have in an indoor studio and transitioned to oils and canvas painting subjects around the Bluffton area such as our shrimp boat.

And of course the Tabby fireplaces, rare, and unique works of art. Most proud of the skills, trades, and work ethic I learned with my natural talent to create. What sets me apart is my creativity and work ethic.

What does success mean to you?
Tenacity, perseverance, failure, calculated risk, experience and knowledge in the construction industry, and a strong work ethic.

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Kim Smith Photography

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