John and Theresa Murphy opened their first workshop in Dublin in 1976. John had just completed a three year, full time course at Dun Laoghaire School of Art & Design where he specialised in sculpture. Theresa is self-taught.In 1985 they moved to Kerry and continued carving from their workshop in Tralee.They work predominately in a wide range of native hardwoods; lime, oak, beech, sycamore, elm, walnut & yew. These are sourced from locally felled trees and local sawmills.Imported hardwoods also used are; ash, oak & beech from local timber importers and suppliers.John and Theresa's work is mostly figurative, based on human, bird and wildlife forms. They also do abstract and stylised pieces along with decorative carvings for furniture and shop fronts. The work is carved and finished by hand using a wide range of carving chisels, rifflers and rasps. Bandsaw, router and carver's chainsaw discs are used to remove any large areas of waste wood.Theresa also designs and makes figurative pieces and masks in bronze.Their work has been shown in solo exhibitions and in group shows locally, throughout Ireland, and in the U.K.Presentations of their work have been made to a number of groups and individuals including the President of Ireland and Government ministers.Commissioned work includes pieces for individuals, groups, churches and local authorities in Ireland and the UK.John has taught art, woodcarving and sculpture at second and third level colleges and on Adult Education courses in Dublin and Kerry. They have also organised and run woodcarving workshops at Arts Festivals in Kerry and supervised the public participation in the carving of an 2.5 metre high leaping Salmon and an Eagle at a number of these eventsJohn runs woodcarving courses in their workshop in TraleeBesides being woodcarvers, John and Theresa are also accomplished woodturners and are very involved with the local chapter of the Irish Woodturners' Guild.