Gene Shaw moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1972 after receiving a Fine Arts degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Philadelphia College of Art. While at PAFA, he received numerous awards, prizes, and grants. In Lancaster, Gene combined his fine art/design training and his love of woodworking, a skill he learned from his father, to establish The Wooden Plane, a custom cabinetry and home restoration business. He and his wife built a new home in town, featured in Fine Homebuilding magazine in 2006. The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County twice awarded him the C. Emlen Urban Award, for preservation leadership and new-home construction in an historic district.
Since 2005 he has traveled to Brooklin, Maine, to attend boatbuilding courses at WoodenBoat School. While here, Gene has made numerous sketches that are the basis for the woodcuts he creates upon his return to Lancaster. His woodcut prints and tables made from repurposed objects have been exhibited in numerous museum and gallery shows. Gene is represented by Lancaster Galleries in Lancaster; Green Lion Gallery in Bath, Maine; and Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle, Maine.