One of the best things about Charleston is that is serves as somewhat of a bastion of talent and creativity. Of course, we at here Pink Verbena are a bit biased being Lowcountry residents and all. However, it is an irrefutable fact that you can find some of the most awe inspiring, handmade products right here in the Holy City. And for us home decor & furniture buffs, that has made Charleston a glorious place to be!
We recently discovered the story of Michael Moran, a former Charleston resident and owner of Moran Woodworked Furniture. But Michael is much more than a manufacturer of goods, he is a sort of Steward of Nature. Each piece of his exquisitely handcrafted furniture is sourced from wood that’s collected respectfully and responsibly. His company, Moran Woodworked Furniture, gathers their wood from places like family run mills or from areas that have experienced a weather event that has brought down trees. The folks at Moran Woodworked Furniture subscribe to what they call the “Good Wood Ideology”:
GOOD WOOD [goo d woo d] -noun
(1) An immeasurably valuable, natural living substance, to be protected and handled responsibly, though often used to considerable waste.
(2) The product of a tree valued by its community that, when felled by an act of nature or man, is treated respectfully and with great consideration.
(3) Wood that is able to command the woodworker rather than be commanded.
(4) The only plant material Moran Woodworked Furniture creates furniture or sculpture with.
(5) Wood with a story.
Michael spent a significant portion of his time here in Charleston, about 12 years, honing his skills as a craftsman. He and his partner Celia Gibson have since moved their workshop up North to Red Hook, New York. There, they continue to make the most inspired, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces we’ve ever seen.
Both Michael and Celia are “committed to honoring the natural beauty of wood”. And that fact is abundantly evident in each piece. Learn more about Moran Woodworked furniture on their site that’s linked above or on their Facebook page.