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Murray Sheppard

Gallery: Home Gallery, 1 Maddison Lane, Off Waenga Drive, Cromwell

  • Bringing in the Firewood - Lime Wood
  • Dreaming of Gold and Tough Times - Maple
  • Driftwood Exposed
  • Day on the Station - Oak wood
  • Driftwood exposed (1)
  • Endless knots - Rimu
  • Driftwood exposed (2)
  • The lady in the coffee shop - Mahogany

Murray's father owned his own furniture design/ cabinet making business so from an early age Murray was fortunate to spend hours having fun in his fathers workshop. After leaving school Murray got involved in farming and the Stock and Station industry. Upon retirement in 2003 it seemed natural for him to return to his childhood interest - working with wood.

During his first winter of concentrating on his creative endeavours the wood lathe broke down. While it was being repaired Murray tried his hand at sculpting/ carving and enjoyed it so much he continued in that direction with his work.

Murray creates both functional works like bowls and platters as well as decorative, sculptural works of art. Throughout the past ten years he has completed a number of commissioned works. 

Murray welcomes visits to his studio but please ring first to make sure he's home.