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July 20, 2017


Daniel Kelly uses pecky cypress with its distinctive look to craft his modern furniture.

The company: Sugarbone started in Jackson, La, in 2013, and relocated to Raleigh in 2016. It produces furniture using pecky cypress and reclaimed hardwoods.

What is pecky cypress: The wood, found in Louisiana and some Gulf states, features network of naturally occurring air pockets and holes, limiting the wood’s use a furniture material. But Kelly found a way to fill the wood’s holes and burrows with a polyester resin that makes the material strong, functional and stylish.

The artist/designer: Kelly graduated from North Carolina State University with an art and design degree and later earned a master’s degree in painting from the University of New Orleans. He has worked with architecture firms fabricating large-scale sculpture and creating smaller interior pieces from different materials.

What’s popular: Media cabinets ($2,500 to $3,200).

Other favorites: Consoles ($1,500 to $1,800) because of their versatility.

Fun (or unusual) request: A custom Murphy bed for an architectural firm.

Big break: Figuring out the perfect “recipe” for filling the pecky cypress pockets.

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