Our Artisans


Founded by Steve Gothard and his son Stephen, Arden Creek has been in business for over twenty years with the mission of promoting and sharing the beauty of the Adirondack décor, an important part of the design world for over a hundred years, while traditions of both the past and present are brought together to enrich one another. Using the same resourcefulness, energy, and high spirits of the early Adirondack settlers, Steve and Stephen create their works of art in an effort to maintain the innovative traditions and culture of the 19th century craftsmen who forged their way into this beautiful landscape of upstate New York. When the two design their unique Adirondacks art, it is important for them to ensure the natural characteristics are represented throughout their pieces of work, while using only the finest materials nature has to offer.

Steve E. Gothard

Founder, Lead Designer

Stephen Gothard

Marketing Director, Creative Assistant


Steve was born and raised in La Grange, IL and attended College of Du page and Elmhurst College, receiving his AA degree in Business and Art Design and completing his baccalaureate degree in Economics. After graduation, Steve joined his family led organization presenting seminars on practical research of principles of life. During his eleven years with the business, it grew into an nationally recognized organization with audience attendance of 40,000. Steve is also the principle writer for an award winning series of books selling over 2. 5 million volumes.

Steve's other business experience included owning an employment agency providing engineers, scientists, technicians and administrative professionals for an organization responsible for building world-leading accelerators and detectors to conduct some of the most advanced particle physics experiments.

During this time, Steve acquired a revolutionary, state of the art technology design to replace the dangerous core and core transformers that illuminated neon signage. This new technology was a small unit that turned off  if over-heated, was standardized to match the length of varying neon tubes and was capable of sensing and adjusting to tube length. Engineering and prototypes were developed, UL certification was acquired, a partnership was established with a Korean company and product was delivered, having all that in place, the company was sold to one of the largest sign companies in the United States.

Steve and his wife, Sandy, currently live in a historic transitional great camp in the Adirondack Park known as Camp Arden.  Camp Arden began as a summer residence for the Gothard family until the family decided to make it a  full time residence with their two children, Stephen and Christina. Both children, now grown adults with families, were home-schooled and taught the business of building and marketing designs unique to the artisans of the Adirondacks thus launching Arden Creek. Since those early days Arden Creek has expanded, completing projects for major corporations, institutions, and private residences throughout the country. Steve and Stephen have expanded the company to include a wide variety of rustic furnishings, they have  also become specialists in gathering and applying birch bark wall coverings. The work of Arden Creek has been featured in the New York Times, ELLE DECOR and Veranda Magazines, and featured in the television series,” Rustic Living and Vermont Living”. 

"A good person leaves an inheritance for their children's children, but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous." Proverbs 13:22


As Marketing Director and Creative Assistant, Stephen Gothard II helped start Arden Creek with his father in 1998 and continues to be a key player. Born in California, he developed his passion for art and design at an early age through his studies and family’s travels. His appreciation for the style and craftsmanship of Adirondack rusticity began with the family’s purchase and renovation of historic Camp Arden in the Adirondack Park of Upstate New York. Due to his active participation in the renovations of Camp Arden, Stephen decided to professionally study art and design at Purchase College, SUNY in Purchase, New York, where he earned both his B.A. in 2005 and M.A. in 2007 in Art History with a thesis on the architectural history of the great camps of the Gilded Age in the Adirondacks.

After graduating from university, Stephen worked in sales and marketing in the health and media industries, however he realized the field of arts and design is where his passion is, and has been back working full-time with Arden Creek since 2014. Stephen co-taught at New York University in 2005 while earning his B.A. and served on the board of The Arts Council of the Adirondacks from 2008-2010. When not in the studio, he can be found enjoying the natural beauty of the Adirondack Park through hiking, cycling, running and swimming. In 2013, he fulfilled his bucket list goal of completing the grueling Lake Placid Ironman Triathlon. Stephen is an avid world traveler; using the diverse cultures, art and design he encounters to inform his creative inspirations. One of his great enjoyments is immersing himself in the history and collecting of ocean liner memorabilia from the golden age of travel.