Barney Bellinger, a Johnstown native, began his artistic career customizing motorcycles and hand carving and painting signs.
Inspired by a visit to the Adirondack Experience’s Rustic Fair in 1990, he turned to furniture making, establishing Sampson Bog Studio four years later. His work is closely tied to the woods and waters of his Adirondack home, where rambles in the forest as a child fostered a love for nature and the outdoors. He often uses found wood such as roots, burl, and fallen tree limbs in his designs, allowing the organic forms and rich textures to dictate the shape of his pieces. His distinctive, unique style has made him the most recognized and sought-after Adirondack furniture maker.