If you would like to come visit we require an appointment be made at least 24 hours in advance of your arrival. We only have appointments available in the afternoon.
Walk-ins are not allowed.
James was born in 1957 and grew up inWashington State and California. After receiving an M.S. in Chemistry from the University ofCalifornia at Berkeley he moved to Germany to pursue his true ambition as a craftsman. In the scenic village of Diessen in Upper Bavaria, James served a traditional three-year apprenticeship under a master blacksmith. This study in artistic metalworking rested on the centuries-old skills of hand forging and many other decorative techniques. James’ experience ranged from the restoration of antique decorative ironwork to contemporary metal design. Upon completion of his apprenticeship in 1985 he graduated as a distinguished journeyman in the guild of blacksmiths. James then continued his study of artistic metalsmithing in Europe for three more years, working in Germany, northern Italy andEngland, and spent a year with a master woodworker doing historical building restoration. In 1988 James returned to theU.S.A. with a large collection of traditional German tools, antique ironwork, and historical reference material with which to pursue his craft. He currently lives and works in Oakland, and devotes time to both artistic blacksmithing and historical education.