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Prime Bench in Curly, Spalted Maple with Walnut Legs and Copper Capped Feet

$1,160per item


Edition of eight. Our five-legged bench is a juxtaposition of dark with light, so subtle details reflect the quiddity of each material used. The substantiality of the bench top is softened with elegant hand-cut bevels on both the top and bottom of each corner. Through-cut black walnut legs, wedged with a sliver of blonde Maple, pick out the ambling lines of near-black spalting which cross the mesmerizing curly pattern of this Maple’s grain. Each of the five hand-turned and tapered legs is capped with a bright copper foot. The piece receives multiple coats of a clear, high durability citrus-based Tung oil finish. Acer. One day a man went out into his Pennsylvania forest and planted a tree. A maple. One day that man’s grandson, in an effort to promote good stewardship of his family’s land, felled that same tree. She was past her prime, he would know as a tree farmer in his own right; signs of decay setting into the golden waves just hinted at beneath her thick hide of bark those selfsame signs are the beautiful streaks of near-black which dance along this Maple’s curling grain. She wouldn’t be the same tree without these age lines, and she couldn’t have stood sentinel in her Pennsylvania forest with them. This is a story of heritage, commitment and stewardship. If your time frame is a constraint, please be in touch to discuss possibilities. Please be in touch with us if you would like to discuss custom work. Many of the pieces we create at Moran Woodworked Furniture are commissioned works. For us, the beauty of commissioned work is that it is bespoke to your space and evolves out of a relationship we build with you over time. Furniture is both an aesthetic object and one that must fulfill its function, so the finishes we use reflect beauty and durability equally, without compromising a consciousness towards our environment. We believe the natural beauty of wood is best displayed without the application of stains. Layer by layer, we hand rub our clear tung oil based finishes into the wood. Our finishes preserve the natural color, luminance and touch of the wood grain. They provide a strong, low maintenance, ring-free and environmentally friendly surface. Our furniture is handcrafted from wood with unique stories, shared through traditional joinery and a considered modern aesthetic. Each piece comes with a history of the tree and details of the design. While designed jointly by the two of us, Celia Gibson & Michael Moran, our woodwork, from turned legs to hand-cut joints, is built entirely by Michael in our Hudson Valley workshop. We are proud to say a donation is made to the Arbor Day Foundation for each piece of furniture we build; these donations plant trees and support educational programs.

Customization Options

For this design we welcome customization for both the dimensions that would best fit your space as well as potential material selection; for example, we have created similar designs juxtaposing brass or iron feet, rather than copper, with our hand-turned and tapered Walnut legs.


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Moran Woodworked Furniture

In operation since 2004, at Moran Woodworked Furniture we are committed to honoring the natural beauty of wood through traditional craftsmanship, the use of exclusively sustainable wood and a modern approach to design. We—Michael Moran and Celia Gibson—design and build each unique object one piece at a time, cutting every joint, chisel in hand, in our Hudson Valley, New York, home and workshop. From standing tree to finished furniture, our vision relies on an immersive, hands on participation through each considered part of the process. Our bespoke and limited edition furniture begins with the material we choose to work with: sustainable wood. Our wood tells a story, and its history—where it stood and why it came down—is written in its grain and marks an obligation for us to use it thoughtfully and to share each unique story. We know exactly where every single piece of wood in our workshop has come from, where it grew. A collaboration is at work: natural characteristics, idiosyncrasies of individual boards drive our design decisions just as our designs inform the wood we consider for a project. We intend that each functional, custom work of art is a composition brought to life by the judicious selection and placement of sustainable wood. This collaboration assures longevity by employing time-tested joinery meant to last generations, offering a flexibly over time in changing conditions. We hope our compositions reflect a sense of timelessness seen through a modern lens.
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