Grain & Grange
Discover unique, Oklahoma furniture crafted from reclaimed wood
What’s in a name? “Grain” pays homage to both the grain of the fine wood used in the furniture and also the agricultural community. “Grange” refers to grangers, workers who would go out to farms and ranches to work on the grain bins. Courtesy photo
At Grain & Grange in Oklahoma City, the designs speak for themselves—and they’ve got quite the story to tell.
Each piece of furniture has been crafted from reclaimed materials, some of which may have seen millions of miles up and down America’s highways. Cargo and boxcar flooring, agricultural metals and even cross members from the energy sector are transformed into functional art by skilled Oklahoma craftsmen.
“My primary motivator is to take something that would have been discarded and turn it into something meaningful,” owner and Cimarron Electric Cooperative member Todd Miller says.
Owner Todd Miller | Photo by Hayley Leatherwood
Miller draws inspiration from his own life journey. In high school, Miller was transplanted from an urban setting to Cashion, Oklahoma. A self-proclaimed city kid looking to find his place, he found himself waiting in the hallway for football sign-ups to start. A teacher, “larger than life” as Miller describes, spotted him and approached him with a question: “Want to learn how to weld?”
The teacher was Jim Simmons, a Cimarron Electric Cooperative member and board trustee. Through his shop class, Miller learned how to weld, as well as do casting and forging. Simmons became not only a mentor, but also family when Miller married Simmons’ daughter, Michelle.
“He just struck me as a kid who wanted to achieve,” Simmons says. “When he came to class, he worked and he worked hard.”
It comes as no surprise the driven teenager developed a lifelong entrepreneurial spirit. He went on to create his own career in sales and marketing, but knew he had a strong passion for working with his hands. Things came full circle as Miller used his skills and connections to create five companies operating under the Todd Miller brand.
One of those companies began on his own garage floor in 1997. Old World Iron specializes in decorative, architectural and ornamental iron fabrication. The business developed and continues to maintain a reputation as one of the top ornamental iron companies in the state.
About five years ago, decorators began calling on Miller, asking if he would make furniture and tables but he would always respond with, “No, I’m a real iron guy.”
The idea began to take hold with Miller, and over time he also purchased the business Vintage Reclaimed Lumber. The business is a supplier for projects large and small with a diverse variety of raw materials, and it is the source for Grain & Grange furniture.
Each piece of furniture has a tie back to Oklahoma, often in both material and name. The cargo and boxcar flooring that had been discarded and burned for a century are now set on display. Cross members from utility poles have been stained and restored as artistic table bases. The wood’s character, figure, aging and overall beauty will now make for centerpieces in homes across the world.
The overall style can be described as industrial, contemporary and even farmhouse, but paired together it is truly a style unique to Grain & Grange.
“There’s a romantic notion of the West, a vision of country living, and it’s seldom as romantic as anyone thinks it’s going to be,” Miller says. “It’s hard. It’s muddy. It’s physically exhausting. What I think our pieces do is combine that sense of romanticism and endurance.”
To see the stunning showroom, visit Grain & Grange at 1312 S. Agnew Ave., or visit online at www.grainandgrange.com.