Wood that’s got soul

Our niche lies in building and finishing primitive styles of furniture by re–using old wood, which gives our pieces a soulful look and feel, while also employing a more sustainable approach. We like to believe that we are not only beautifying our habitat, but more importantly, respecting our habitat.

Malachi Milbourn with a fallen tree

Malachi visiting a fallen giant

About Against the Grain

Woodworker, Malachi Milbourn and Tiffany Milbourn of Against The Grain Furniture in Portland, ORMalachi & Tiffany Milbourn My name is Malachi Saul Milbourn, the Woodworker. I am the sole proprietor of Against the Grain Furniture. We are a small sustainable furniture business in Oregon, family owned and operated with my best friend and wife Tiffany. I couldn't have made it without her.

I truly love to create things, and harnessed my trade as a full-time furniture-maker by applying myself and getting my hands dirty. There are many decisions a designer has to execute in order to achieve a desired outcome. I choose to utilize materials that have been recycled or reclaimed. For this reason, Against the Grain Furniture could never be mass produced, and every piece shows genuine style and quality. In reality, it’s not a glamorous kind of job, but a very loving labor. There’s a crazy amount of time gone into removing metal from the wood and splinters from my hands. A whole lot of love goes into meticulously sanding and finishing reclaimed wood. Luckily, there has been noticeable optimism for the revival of Arts and Crafts furniture.

Originally born in Yawkey, West Virginia, and primarily raised in Goshen, Indiana. My family moved to Phoenix, Arizona on my tenth year. The Sonoran Desert landscape was an awesome perspective of nature to grow up around. Whilst traveling I found the Pacific Northwest wildlife and ecology outstanding. My heart was intrigued, and I eventually moved north to the beautiful state of Oregon.

I am a college graduate with a strong interest in business, I love nature and gardening, skateboarding, yoga, playing guitar, historical Volkswagens and Schwinn bicycles. In my free time, I enjoy chillin’ with friends, family and meeting new people over  good microbrews or coffee. I care about local issues and the environment so I support and enjoy organic foods and gardening—things that are locally created, and I am impressed and motivated by artisans of all kinds. Aside from working with wood, I admire and dabble in the mediums of glass, metal, ink, and paint. I love to listen to music while I’m in the workshop. My favorite designers are the architects Greene & Greene, Antoni Gaudi, and Louis Sullivan. My favorite woodworkers are Wharton Esherick, George Nakashima, and Sam Maloof.

My family tree branches out with artistry. My Mother brought me up in an influential household. She is a long time musician with a lovely voice. I have two talented older brothers Zachary & Gabriel, and an adorable younger sister Hannah. I would like to thank my Mom and Dad, Melissa and Joseph Motola, for completely standing by my dreams. I dedicate my inherent work ethic to my Grandfather, David Milbourn (1913-2009). He instructed me how to appreciate and utilize tools at a young age. I was given the opportunity to experiment with many different tools if I was capable of taking care of them. From there, I have practiced applying my grandfather’s guidance and realized the potential of that discipline. Not only to make something well-made, challenging, and functional, but to create something that will remain in this world long after I’m gone. There is so much to be thankful for.

The Doerner Fir tree

The Doerner Fir is the largest known Coastal Douglas-Fir in existence.