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January 27, 2014


Michael Moran

Kentucky-born woodworker Michael James Moran is not a tree hugger. But he deeply appreciates a tree’s beauty and highlights the wood in his clean, modern designs.

Using traditional techniques and craftsmanship, Moran builds each unique piece, including benches, cabinets and various tables — one at a time in his studio workshop in Charleston, SC.

While Moran’s furniture is more than half commission work, he and his partner, Celia Gibson, were delighted by the regional and national response to some of the company’s limited-edition pieces, including the Charred Collection. The company recently was honored in Garden & Gun magazine’s “Made in the South” awards.

In the Charred line (see cabinets below), Moran uses a wood-burning technique to give the furniture boards a dramatic texture, pattern and blackened color. For example, a two-drawer bedside table made from charred loblolly pine is $1,250.

Other one-of-a-kind pieces are lamps ($300); benches and coffee tables ($1,000 and $2,000); cabinets ($3,000 to $4,000); and dining tables ($5,000 and up).

To order, visit or Woodworked Furniture.


Oak Optical Bench

House of Love Jewelry


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