Each tooth, hand-cut one after another, accentuates the fragility of a lean slice of figured Walnut as it meets the heft of a cold iron handle in Handsaw II. This particular handle design, sand-cast from the wood original by Michael and his sister, leans towards the ornate, with leaf fronds twining around the grip.
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.
- Black Walnut, Cast Iron
- 32" x 12" x 3.25"
- Edition 2 of 2.