Do you believe your environment impacts your psyche, your overall emotional and spiritual well-being? Do you believe in being an independent thinker? Do you yearn for the quality of yesteryear? Do you believe that you don’t have to sacrifice beauty for function?
Our commitment is to pursue excellence in the spirit of the craftsmanship of a bygone era. We seek to raise the bar on the rustic decor shopping experience by offering superb workmanship, a wide selection of customizable options, top-notch customer service and to building lasting memories that will hold up from generation to generation. Our promise is to give our best to each and every project we design and create for you, to respect our environment by sustainably sourcing materials as much as possible and to remain proudly made in the U.S.A
John Spiteri| Artist and Co-Owner
Designing and building beautiful, yet functional rustic decor for people who value old-world quality is what it’s all about for John. When you’re born on an ancient rock in the middle of the Mediterranean it’s almost impossible to not inherit the love of architecture. Exposed at an early age to Malta’s rich ancient artistic history by his Mom who had a deep love for well-designed spaces and an unorthodox approach to home design, he could always be seen with a pencil and sketch pad. John has always loved working with materials from his days at the High School of Art and Design to his time at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. After spending 15 years in Graphic Design, while designing and building rustic decor for his own home, he opened The Farm Mechanic to offer his unconventional approach to designing rustic decor as a high quality alternative to what’s on the market today. When he’s not working, he can be caught getting his nerd on watching Sci-Fi and the History Channel.
Leigh Spiteri | Business Operations and Co-Owner
Leigh believes in making a difference in people’s lives. She takes her responsibilities personally; consistently going above and beyond, doing everything she can to accomplish the goals of her clients. The beauty and complexity of the human soul has always captivated her and is why she sees the harmony that can be created by helping people. Growing up in Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi country, the love for the U.S.A. and of the American Dream was ingrained at a really early age. For longer than she remembers, Leigh always had the entrepreneurial bug - breathing life into an idea and watching it become a reality makes her feel energized. When she’s not working, Leigh can be found reading fairytale books with their daughter, the sweet Charlie Rose, catching her favorite narrated movies from Forrest Gump to Goodfellas, or listening to music that tells stories of the human condition from the Dave Matthews Band to Bob Dylan.
John needed to find "a home" for all of Leigh's stuff – clothing, shoes, hats and books – lots and lots of books. They began their search to find furniture that would store everything in an organized fashion, while representing their personal design tastes AND that was built to last. When they came up short, John did what everyone else does – he converted the kitchen of their third floor walk-up into his carpentry workshop. You read right, carpentry workshop and back to kitchen all in the same day (after day, after day). The name of their company, The Farm Mechanic, represents John’s love of both organic and inorganic materials, their love of products that tell a story while adding beauty and function, as well as their obsessive need for quality. Their approach to designing each product is a lot like putting together a puzzle. Each piece is designed to meet a specific need. Their hope is to play a small part in helping to make your home as unique and beautiful as you are by creating one-of-a-kind statement pieces that will last through generations.