We are Murphy Wood Art.
Like most good stories, ours started at the Jersey Shore where we met and married. Life unfolded, and now we are raising our family just over the border in New York, our home state. Given our ties to the beach and the time we still spend there, you’ll see our love of the ocean represented in much of our work.
Kevin started woodworking many years ago as a hobby, building furniture, Adirondack chairs, and other items. As he got more skilled and gained interest from friends and family, he branched out to other items, such as carved wood stumps, flags, and custom wood décor.
I have been creating art since childhood in a variety of mediums, such as watercolor, oil, and acrylic. When I saw what Kevin was doing, I saw an opportunity to collaborate and expand my craft. Not every husband is willing to share his woodshop and teach his wife how to use power tools, but so he did, and I learned to translate my skills to wood often incorporating other textures such as glass, resin, stones, and metal.
Each piece is created with care, attention, and most importantly, love. Knowing that each piece will hold a special place in your home or serve as a gift for a loved one, we are honored and grateful for the opportunity to create for you.
~Kevin & Margaret
Busy Workshop Day
Working side by side on multiple projects
Argentina's Sun of May
The middle panel needed a hand-painted Sun of May for the Argentinian flag!
Monty the Mascot
Even our poor mascot can't avoid the sawdust!
Staining in the Workshop
Mags stains boards for an upcoming project.
Final Touches on Lettering
Tools of the Trade
Tools laid out as Kevin assembles some boards.
Paint, Brushes, Blowtorches
A great deal of time and materials goes into each piece.
Points of Quality
While we do create and stock items driven by our own creative passions, more often, we often collaborate with our clients on custom pieces, consulting with them on style choices and sharing process photos along the way. As a result, no two pieces are exactly alike. If there are any problems or issues, we are here to help and amend. If something is not as it should be, we can work with clients to ensure their satisfaction.
Many of our clients have come back to us for additional pieces after seeing what we can do, and much of our business comes from referrals. We value the ongoing relationships we form with our clients and add a personal touch whenever possible. When you buy from us, you’re not dealing with machines; you’re dealing with the people who hand-craft your items and can address any concerns. We value our customers’ trust and work hard to earn their business. We love working with our clients to bring their visions to fruition and make them part of "Murphy Wood Art."
Materials & Finishes
For our wood products, we strive to use a variety of real wood, including pine, oak, and cherry. While the grain and movement of real wood presents challenges, the finished piece shows off the beauty and character of a real wood piece. We use high quality paints, stains, and finishes and buy from local stores whenever possible. To showcase the beauty and unique character of the piece, as well as to provide long lasting protection, we use high-end water and oil-based polyurethane.
The Little Things
We finish both sides of our pieces, so they look as good coming out of the package, as they do on your wall. Neatness counts. Mounting hardware is included for easy hanging. We use protective packaging when shipping, so it arrives in perfect condition. We take pride in our work and that means taking care of the little things, even if we’re the only ones who will notice.