Tom Shields has been working with wood in one capacity or another for over 17 years. His work is held in many museum collections including: The Gregg Museum of Art and Design at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, The D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield MA, The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and an outdoor installation at The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. He has shown extensively in galleries and museums throughout the United States and has pieces included in many private collections. His work has been published in Lark Books, 500 cabinets, and was recently included in Schiffer Books, Mind and Hand – Contemporary Studio Furniture. He is currently a resident artist at The Penland School of Crafts.