Stephen Arden Shepherd

P.O. Box 982335

Park City, Utah 84098



Date of Birth: April 20, 1948. 10:58 p.m.

Sun: Taurus  -  Moon: Virgo  -  Ascending: Sagittarius



1954                        Elementary            Vernal Public School            Vernal, Utah

1955                               --                      Wells Public School             Wells, Nevada

1956                               --                      Jackson Public School         Jackson Hole, Wyoming

1957-1961                     --                       Grandview Elementary         Salt Lake City, Utah

1962-1963               Junior High            Hillside Junior High            Salt Lake City, Utah

1963-1966               High School          Highland High School        Salt Lake City, Utah

1969-1972                College                  University of Utah              Salt Lake City, Utah

                                                                                                                   Philosophy Major

1973-1975                Technical              Utah Technical College      Salt Lake City, Utah

                                                                                                                   Cabinet Making Apprenticeship

1984-1985                College                  University of Utah               Salt Lake City, Utah

                                                                                                                     Computer Science

1987-                             --                       Independent Study



1965-1969               Hotel Utah Co., S.L.C., Utah. - Valet, Bellboy, Room Clerk

1969                        Private Detective, S.L.C., Utah. - Self employed

1969-1972               Union Pacific Railroad, Utah/Idaho - Agent/Telegrapher

1972                        Salt Lake Co. Library System, Holiday Library - AV Assistant

1972-1976               Fetzer’s Salt Lake Cabinet & Fixture - Apprentice Cabinetmaker

                                 under European Craftsmen

1973                         BBC - Set Decorator - “Ten Who Dared” series, Jed Smith

                                 Episode for PBS  Navajo Lake, Utah

1974                         Sun Classic Pictures - Consultant, Property Master “The Adventures

                                of Frontier Fremont”, feature length motion picture

1976                        Skaggs Mill, S.L.C., Utah - Journeyman Cabinetmaker

1976-1977               Utah Parks and Recreation, Pioneer Settlement Trails State Park,

                                S.L.C., Utah - State Historic Cabinetmaker

1977                        Adanac Productions - Set Director, Actor - “The Adventures of  Mountain Charlie”, feature length motion picture.     

1977-1979              Conner Prairie Pioneer Settlement, Noblesville Indiana (owned and operated by Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana) - Teaching Staff, Historic Woodworker, 1836 Living History Museum.

1977                        Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, Delaware - finalist Associate Furniture Conservator

1979                        Utah Parks and Recreation, Pioneer Trails State Park, Salt Lake City, Utah - State Historic Cabinetmaker

1979-1985               Moses Trader Shepherd’s Cabinet Shop, Salt Lake City, Utah -owner

1981                        Hotel Utah Co., Salt Lake City, Utah - part-time Room Clerk

1986                        Custom Concepts, No. Salt Lake City, Utah - Cabinet Shop Foreman

1987                        Aspen Wood Works, Murray, Utah - Cabinet Shop Foreman

1987                        Moses T’s, Salt Lake City, Utah - owner

1991                        David B. Weissman Collection - Salt Lake City & Olga, Washington

1992 - 2001             High Country Cabinet & Woodworking- Park City, Utah - Associate

1999 -            

Contract & Consultation:

Indiana State Museum                                        Utah Museum of Fine Art

Historical Department LDS Church                   Historic Fort Wayne

LDS Museum of Church History & Art           Utah Parks & Recreation

Utah State Historical Society                             Fort Buenaventura

Wyoming Historical Department                       National Park Service

American Mountain Man Museum                  Fur Trade Museum-Moose, Wyo.

Utah Museum of Natural History                      Indian Museum-Colter Bay, Wyo.

Scotts Bluff Museum                                          Beehive & Lion House

Pioneer Trails State Park                                     Deer Valley Resort Company            


-Friends of Conner Prairie, Sept., 1977 - Care of Antique Furniture - conducted workshop.

-10th Annual Conference on Historic Preservation, University of Indiana at Bloomington, Oct., 1978 -“Furniture-A Traditional Approach to Repairs & Finishes ca. 1836”-conducted workshops.

-Prairie Restoration Conference, Batavia, Illinois, Spring 1979 -participant

-Alburnam Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 1981- “Care and Restoration of Antique Furniture” - conducted 3 free workshops.

-Granite School District - Pioneer Woodworking ca. 1856 - First person costumed interpretation for school groups 1982-1984 “Welcome to 1856”.

-Utah State Parks & Recreation - Fort Bueneventura - 1983- Rustic Furniture construction workshop.

-Utah State Historical Society - Oct.,1984 - “Finials, Spindles, Dovetails & Fiddlebacks”, Symposium on early Utah Furniture.

-The Folkarts Program of the Utah Arts Council & the National Endowment for the Arts “Celebrate the City”, Sept.,1986 - Pioneer wood turning demonstration.

-Antique Restoration Workshops, 6 week workshops on museum quality restoration techniques.  Lecture, handouts, Q&A, slides, Jan.-Feb., 1989

-Painting & Graining Workshops, 6 week workshops on traditional painting and graining techniques, including marble,. Feb.-Mar., 1989

-Assistance League of Utah, Antique seminar, April, 1989 - Costumed interpretation ca. 1860.

-Native American Shaman Workshop - 1991-1992 - “A Foot in Both Worlds”, 6 week workshops, conducted workshops.


Shepherds’ Compleat Early Nineteenth Century Woodworker, Green River Forge G.S.L.C.,Utah, 1981 ISBN:0-939964-00-7, Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number: 81-82539 (“...the ultimate tome on working with wood the old fashioned way, sans power tools, sans high-tech.” Smithsonian Magazine April 1982 Vol. 13 #1).

Tomahawk & Longrifle, quarterly publication of the American Mountain Men.  Series on materials availability in the 1820’s.

Reverse Utah Logo, 1985 - 3 year license agreement.

The Perfect Cut, Perfect Cut Software, 1987.  Cutting list program for Cabinet Shops. (Basic Language).

The New Century Collector, July-August, 1988- “Care and Feeding of Furniture”, Column on Antique Furniture Care.

Furniture Care & Finish Restoration, 1988- Moses T’s. 18 page booklet on Traditional Furniture Finish Repair. (available at

Guide to Furniture Hardware Casting, 1989- Moses T’s. 36 page booklet on replacing missing antique hardware.  

Take It Off!, 1992, Pomme le Terre. 65-page book on professional stripping secrets, methods and techniques. 

The Legacy of Mormon Furniture by Marilyn Conover Baker, 1995, Gibbs Smith, contributor and author of Chapter 5 Faux Painting and Graining Techniques.

1805 Turning Bench, 1999, 8 sheets 11" by 17" suitable for framing.  Complete details on the construction of a wooden treadle lathe., 2000 – Internet web site containing historical information about traditional American woodworking.

Woodworker's Journal, August, 2001, page34 - Historic Puzzle Mallet, revealing the secret of the compound dovetail trick joint.

Woodworker's Journal, February, 2002, Quebec Chair, a classic North American chair in spruce, painted and grained with a rawhide 'gut' seat in a snowshoe weave.


1976- “Indians, Trappers & Explorers 1776-1847”, Utah Museum of Natural History, Salt Lake City, Utah Bicentennial Exhibit, loan of historical materials.

1982- “American Mountain Men Exhibit”, The Heritage Museum, Layton, Utah, loan of historical materials and exhibit curator.

1984- “Finials, Spindles, Dovetails and Fiddlebacks”, Utah State Historical Society, loan of historical materials and interpretive (first person) program for  school groups.

1984- “Pioneer Painted and Grained Furniture”, Home & Garden Show. 7 Ribbons awarded to 4 pieces of “new” pioneer furniture (including Best in Show).

1985- “Art for Worship Space”, Salt Lake Arts Council, Finch Lane Gallery, Gondola Chair, Ladder back Chair and Pioneer Cradle.

1985- “Whitney General Store, Kirkland, Ohio”, one of 10 annual Historic Preservation Presidential Awards.


Fly Fishing, Hiking, Camping, Botany, Art, Computers, History and People.


Artifact Dating, Documentation and Restoration

Nineteenth Century Technology           

Controlled stripping to the original finish

Antique Furniture Finishes                                               

Technical Writing and Illustrating            

Wood and Tree Identification          

Painted and Grained Furniture and Woodwork, especially Mormon Furniture

Native American Cosmology, History and Woodworking

Edible and Medicinal Plants.


Moses T’s All Natural Wood Care Products: St. John’s Oil, St. John’s Wax, Gunstocker’s Finish, Reviver, Oxyguard and Leather Reviver.  Traditional Pigments, Ground Hide Glue and other Restoration Materials.

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