Marie Braun & Darren Moran
Can you tell us about what you do at Woodshed Living?
We create hand-crafted bespoke decorations and furniture using reclaimed and recycled wood found in Jersey. We started out creating smaller decorative items but really enjoy creating something unique, a new piece of furniture with history. We aim to create bespoke items that give not only great pleasure in practical use but also look great and by using reclaimed wood and recycling wherever possible means we are contributing to environmental sustainability, albeit in a really small way!
What motivated you to start the business?
Tired of working in the Finance industry and wanting to engage with his creative self, Darren decided to set up his workshop. A keen surfer, who grew up in Cornwall, the workshop was primarily to make wooden surfboards for his personal use (you can see one hanging on the wall in MangeTout on Conway Street). He then started creating pieces of furniture for me and on hearing the lovely comments friends made, we decided to take the plunge and so began the Woodshed Living journey.
What’s your favourite part of the process?
For Darren, it’s definitely having the freedom to create something lovely from a reclaimed piece of wood and for me, I like the customer contact. Knowing how much our bespoke pieces mean to someone is priceless.
Where can we buy your products?
The Harbour Gallery, Creative Cottage, the Trading Point and the Hidden Garden Company. Online you can find us on Made in Jersey and we are currently developing our own website so watch this space!