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The Shed - - Shed Decoration -

Shane Crossan has a large shed in Oa­maru where he pro­duces de­pic­tions of au­to­mo­bile, pe­tro­leum, or mo­tor­cy­cle lo­gos and other de­signs in com­puter-nu­mer­i­cal-con­trol (CNC) plasma-cut 2mm sheet steel. “Made in a shed in NZ” is his motto. The fin­ished items re­sem­ble metal sten­cils and are some­times used as such. Cus­tomers paint the pieces, per­haps in the same colour as their car, or leave them fash­ion­ably un­fin­ished. He adapts his­toric ad­ver­tise­ments and signs on his com­puter, which then con­trols the cut­ting of the fin­ished de­sign on his Amer­i­can Plas­maCAM plasma cut­ter. He im­ported the ma­chine from the US, as­sem­bled it, and taught him­self to use it.

Shane first trained as a joiner in Christchur­ch. He de­vel­oped his dig­i­tal de­sign skills while work­ing as a fab­ri­ca­tor for a com­pany that made neon signs, us­ing draw­ing pro­grammes that he again taught him­self to use. He sells his steel wall art in a lo­cal shop, from his web page, or at vin­tage car swap meets. Shane’s part­ner, Talia Pearson, works in a re­lated field. She is a lead­ing air­brush artist and sign­writer, and of­ten works on vans and hot rods.

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