The fanned pattern of Walnut grain as it moves across the hand carved head of the hatchet from the flat face to the thin, fine, arched blade edge is reinforced by the pale touch of new-growth sapwood along the slightly projecting heel of the blade called the beard. With its substantive curving half of sand cast iron, the hand held hatchet’s head is mounted with an exposed teardrop shaped wedge, repeating the tapering shape of the tool head.
Interested in the interaction of natural and manmade worlds, Michael Moran, a woodworker and tree lover, and his partner Celia Gibson create pieces that are both elegant and honest, paying homage to the unique characteristics of the wood itself. The domestic hardwood trees used for Moran Woodworked’s custom, limited-edition furniture — as well as for Michael’s sculpture — each have their own story to tell, with each knot, curve, and bark inclusion honored as part of that story. Such care and reverence for materials encourage viewers to reconsider the ways in which they interact with, and often take for granted, the natural world.
Michael and Celia have been designing and building modern, yet traditionally crafted furniture since 2004 in their workshop and home in New York’s Hudson Valley.
- Walnut and Iron
- Boxed 18.75" x 10.75" x 3.25”
- Edition 1/2.