James is a self-employed woodworker,sculptor,furniture designer-maker who trained in the Program in Artisanry at Boston University and has been working as a professional woodworker since the age of 15. Born on the New Jersey Shore in 1956, raised in Vermont, and after more than 20 years in Boston, he has now established a woodshop in West Palm Beach, Florida and is a member of the Florida Craftsmen Organization, the Furniture Society , sculptor.org and the Artists of Palm Beach County. He currently teaches a woodworking class at the Armory Art Center of West Palm Beach, FL.
“My personal aesthetic is ever-changing. For a long time my choice was a marriage between form and function rooted in traditional techniques.I have evolved mainly into sculptural work because this is where I can give more ‘personality’ to a piece. Having a carving tool in one’s hand, working the wood, one is connected by the chisel much like one is connected to paper by pencil. I use traditional carving tools because of my training in traditional woodworking, the historical connection and because of what I feel to be a spiritual link between the material, the tool and the creator. My sculptural work is often my personal commentary on the human condition and my encounters with contemporary society. I believe that the more technologically advanced we become, the greater the urgency for people to make things with their hands, hearts and minds…”
“Artisanship is not a means to an end. It’s part of the value of what is being created…” – William Morris, designer & philosopher.