About Us

At Moran Woodworked Furniture we are committed to honoring the natural beauty of wood through traditional craftsmanship, the responsible selection of materials and a modern approach to design. Since 2004, Michael Moran, and now his partner Celia Gibson, can be found, chisel in hand, building each unique object one piece at a time, one hand-cut joint at a time, watching wood become a functional work of art.

Our vision is one in which materials, primarily wood, and their natural characteristics are central. Taking these characteristics into consideration, our intention is to place each individual board and its idiosyncrasies into a context where it is best expressed aesthetically, ideologically and functionally.

We are interested in the interaction of the natural and man-made worlds. We work to discover where these worlds intersect and how they can complement and balance one another. Likewise, we are interested in the balance between form and function, between a coffee table and a wooden LP, and where on that scale each piece created lies.

All of the wood we use has a story that speaks to a concern for the origin and treatment of a tree during its life. These trees, primarily domestic hardwoods, come out of relationships we have built with individuals, communities and the land in which they have grown. We believe we have some of the most beautiful trees in the world in our own back yard.

We hope sincerely to do justice to trees and their beauty as they are met with the modern world.

Michael James Moran

Michael, originally a Kentucky native, spent 16 years in the balmy climes of Charleston, South Carolina, first as a college student and athlete and, after 2002, practicing his craft in a woodworking apprenticeship and then as founder of Moran Woodworked Furniture. He now finds himself firmly planted in the woods of the Hudson Valley of NY, where he’s built a workshop on the 15 acres he and Celia call home. This life change has given rise to more time and intimate connection with these woods and his work, both furniture and sculpture, and the history and materials that comprise it.

Celia Gibson

Celia, a Southerner by birth, graduated from Emory University and moved across the pond to London to work in arts publishing for museums, including the Tate. She completed her Master’s degree at University College London before joining Michael in life and in business in Charleston, South Carolina. With the cold, woodsy smell of winter in their daydreams, the couple moved their life and their work to the Hudson River Valley in 2014, where she now designs bespoke furniture surrounded by deep woods and in the company of their rescued companions: a pair of greyhounds and a siamese cat.