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Local artisan, Rob Peeters

Rob Peeters in his store, Naked Aspen Designs in Fraser on Wednesday, August 31. He is sitting on his reengineered, minimalist bed.

Rob Peeters in his store, Naked Aspen Designs in Fraser on Wednesday, August 31. He is sitting on his reengineered, minimalist bed.

Store Information:

Monday through-Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Closed on Tuesday

535 Zerex St. Fraser

Rob Peeters creativity began with a Lego set. As a kid he loved to build things. In high school he participated in a program to build a house. The students would build a foundation and frame the house.

He particularly liked seeing the drawings of the house and watching it come to life, he said.

After moving to Grand County in 1996 he was a raft guide and bartender then would do carpentry in the off-season. When he became a photographer for Sharpshooters his creativity flourished and woodworking became his vocation.

He started showing his designs on the art show circuit and in 2001 he created his business Naked Aspen Designs. He opened his first storefront in 2004 on Eisenhower Drive in Fraser.

Now, located in Murdock Center in Fraser, Peeters favorite part of his business is meeting other artisans and seeing how creative people can be; many who sell their hand-crafted art in his store.

Minimalist bed frame

Peeters newest creative project for sale is a redesigned bed frame.

He reengineered the bed frame using local aspen logs. He milled the logs into boards at a local sawmill.

“The bed frame takes up less room and I used barn wood in the headboard for the contrast of color tones to the aspen,” he said.

His customers are second homeowners who want to accessorize their home and visitors who are looking for Colorado-themed gifts.

Some of his most popular items in the store include aspen candleholders, pottery pieces and aspen vases.

“There is always something new in the store,” said Peeters.

“We rotate the inventory, so it’s always changing.”

Peeters spends most of his time during the week crafting items for the store or making custom orders.

“We will do custom-sized entertainment centers, living room table sets, end tables and coffee table,” he said.