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murphys fine woodworking

Extraordinary hand-built furniture.

For your extraordinary home.


1981   Assisted in the founding of the San Diego Fine Woodworking Association, Largest Woodworking Club in the USA.

1985   City of Del Mar Artist Award.

1986   Special Commendation from the City of San Diego, Art in Action.

2000   Permanent Gallery display Grizzly Industrial, Muncy, Pennsylvania. Two pieces, Mission Coffee Table and Mission End Table.

2002   Appointed Escondido Public Art Commission.

2004   Style 1900 Magazine, showcased Mission Sideboard.

2004   Appointed to Escondido Art Partnership Board of Directors.

2004   Appointed Board of Directors Escondido Chamber of Commerce.

2005   Awarded distinction of America’s Best Woodworking Plan Company, by Delta Machinery & Porter Cable.

2006   Shriva Gallery, Escondido, showcased Wine & Spirits Cabinet

2006   Article North County Times Newspaper Woodworking Stand-out”.

2007   Escondido Magazine, Multi page article No Lost Art Review of 24-piece project for private residence

2007   Article, “Advocate” Chamber of Commerce Newspaper, “Outstanding Businessman.

2008   CWB, Custom Woodworking Business Magazine, Awarded Honorable Mention Free Standing Furniture in National competition.

2009   Fine Woodworking Magazine, full article on The Bow Arm Morris Chair and American Furniture Design Co.

2009   Escondido Art Partnership Featured WOOD “A Furniture Show I” The Bow Arm Morris Chair and Murphy’s Fine Woodworking

2010   Taunton Press, Cover Photo of our Bow Arm Morris Chair, The very best projects from 34 years of Fine Woodworking

2010   Escondido Magazine, article on The Best Designs in Taunton Press Book.

2011   Escondido Art Partnership Wood A Furniture Show II, North County Times Newspaper.

2011   Elected Chairman, Escondido Art Partnership.

2011   Escondido Art Partnership Wood A Furniture Show II, EAP Web Page.

2011   Panache, The Bow Arm Morris Chair.

2011   Escondido Chamber of Commerce, Incoming Chairman Elect 2012.

2011   Escondido Magazine, Article about Murphy's Fine Woodworking.

2012   Escondido Art Partnership Wood A Furniture Show III and article on Murphy's Fine Woodworking in the North County Times Newspaper.

2012   CWB, Custom Woodworking Business Magazine, Final top 3 in Free Standing Residential Furniture in National competition.

2012   Panache, The California West Bow Arm Morris Chair.

2012   Escondido Chamber of Commerce Appointed Chairman 2012/ 2013.

2013   Escondido Art Partnership Wood A Furniture Show IV  UTC Newspaper Article

2014   Escondido Art Partnership WOOD A Furniture Show V

2014   Woodworking Network Mission Buffet Article

2014   Panache Invitational Exhibit  Traditional Bow Arm Chair

2014   Elected Chairman The Escondido Public Arts Commission

2014   San Diego Natural History Museum. Contract Coast to Cactus, Seating Area

2015   Escondido Art Partnership WOOD A Furniture Show VI 

2015   Escondido City Council Award, Outstanding Contribution for ARTS

2016   Woodworking Network's  2016 Best in Wood Awards - Placed

2016   Escondido Art Partnership WOOD A Furniture Show VII

2016   California State Senate, Certificate of Recognition Joel Anderson

2017   WOOD A Furniture Show VIII

2017   Woodworking Network National Contest, placed in Residential Furniture

2018   Appointed Museum Committee California Center for the Arts

2018   WOOD A Furniture Show X

2019   Elected President of the Escondido Sunrise Rotary for the 2019/20-time frame

2019   WOOD A Furniture Show XI

2020   California State Assembly, Certificate of Recognition, Marie Waldron 75th District

2024  WOOD A Furniture Show XIV

2024  Appointed to the California Arts Council peer review panel