For over 20 years, Charles and Judy Shepard have promoted their combined Wood Art form under the identity of “Driftwood & Rustics”. Charles and Judy have enjoyed years as vendor participants in Art Festivals, Music and Street Festivals plus juried arts & crafts sales events around Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan.
As their woodcraft and Judy’s artistic painting skills improved, Charles and Judy developed a selection of “Signature” wood art pieces. These beautiful objects include Hobbit furniture, tea tables and Wren Stone Castles, always handmade and hand finished.
Since creating his earliest commissioned pieces in the 1990’s, Charles has emphasized live edge (sometimes described as “raw edge”) on the majority of his quirky timber creations. Currently live edge has become a very popular trend for a more artistic approach in home accents. Charles fittingly describes their art form as “Refined Rustic”. For the 2020 Art Tour, Charles will feature wrought iron “Hairpin Legs” on some of his unique furniture pieces. This will give visitors a choice of design – refined rustic or contemporary.
Charles and Judy live in their hand built mountain home (but sans mountain) in Belair. They were fortunate to add a dedicated studio and shop area. Now they are able the make Driftwood and Rustic pieces in any weather. Art Tour visitors are welcome and encouraged to visit their studio and shop.
With their combined families spread across North America they are able to co-ordinate family visits with sourcing unique raw materials for their wood art. Charles has imported material from Michigan to Oregon to New Mexico. An unusual wood discovery can be transformed into a “Signature ” piece. Current 2020 inventory includes Live Edge cedar, pine and birch.
Charles and Judy still manage to keep up their regular line of cabin and garden items. Judy has been developing her own line of rustic décor and giftware, again emphasizing live edge of pine and cedar. Her artwork now includes signs and emoticons with hand painted designs from nature.
Charles & Judy are available By Appointment Only: