About ACME Lumber
Chris Murray was born in Redondo Beach, California and moved to the Applegate Valley, Oregon at age 10. He grew up surrounded by nothing but farmers and loggers. By 18 it was inevitable he would become a logger and go to work in the Northwest every summer and fall under every kind of lift helicopter that existed: The Skycrane, Chinook, Vertol, or the Huey, he hooked logs and felled timber for almost every helicopter logging company in the United States.
A daredevil by nature Murray would go to Utah in the winter and ski at Snowbird. Fate and a fascination with art and creativity steered him to finally quit logging and become a professional outdoor sports photographer. His clients included Patagonia, The North Face, Powder Magazine, Snowboarder, and Powerbar. A change of venue led him to also work with some of the biggest names in the music industry including Phish and Ben Harper. Photography took him around the world on average 10 month a year.
“I grew up in an artistic family” explains Murray, “my dad was the drummer for the rock band the Turtles. My mom was a gifted piano player. I’ve always had my hands in something creative”.
“I started Acme (an acronym for A Chris Murray Enterprise) because of my fascination with the many things that can be done with reclaimed lumber, I have a profound interest in collaborating with people who feel the same way. This is my chance to give back to the environment and do what I love”.
Murray lives in Bend, Oregon with his dog Sug (short for Little Sugarloaf Peak). In his free time he can be found at live music venues, playing music or traveling the world.
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