David Sheppard Sr. studied woodworking under
the watchful eye of his teacher, mentor, and Uncle... Phillip Lloyd Powell, of New Hope, PA., a successful and very well known
Craftsman, and creator of Fine Contemporary Furniture and Sculptures. His works are currently published
in a new book "Collecting Modern” A Guide to Mid-Century Studio Furniture & Ceramics, as well as being constantly
featured around the world by viewers Googling Phillip Lloyd Powell.
David knew his
love of woodworking would somehow come to light in his life, as he was in his Uncles’ workshop as often as possible
while growing up. After serving in the Military in the late 60's, he still continued to work in the shop creating modern cabinets,
and other specialties such as lamp making.
However... David's other Artistic talents
led him into the world of Photography. While serving in the Military, he became a Navy Photographer, and after returning to
civilian life, he became a Professional Photographer, and owner of his own studio for over 25 years. During those years, he
built a workshop on his property and continued his woodworking.
His interest in Antler Art came around
ten years ago. He and his Wife have always researched, studied, & applied Western and Southwestern Decor for their own
home, and other projects. He made his first Elk Antler Chandelier for his Wife, and hung it over the dining table in their
Log Home. She was ecstatic, and encouraged him to pursue this form of Art.
He refined and fined tuned
his style, by using two sets of Antlers, old refurbished horse bits, horseshoes, and heavy chain as his hardware. He hangs
decorative Conchos from leather and in some cases, mounts old Spurs. As a finishing touch, he adds his custom designed, hand
made Copper Shades, creating “One of a Kind” collectible, functioning pieces of Art. The difference of his style
fixture, is that the lights are a direct, down light, illuminating the subject, not flooding the room. He feels his study
of lighting products and people in photography, aided him when creating his style Chandelier.
Shortly thereafter, he met and created a business relationship with Dave Hamrich of "Southwest Billiard Tables."
They have been advertising, and showing their work together for years, and have many satisfied customers. David's customers
also order his Fixtures for over Dining tables, Great rooms, Foyers, and Trophy rooms.
David, as well, creates “One of a Kind” Table lamps from "Burled Wood" that features Whitetail
antlers, Horseshoes, Spurs, and Copper shades, and Creates many other Specialty, Works of Wood.