James has been woodworking, as a hobbyist, since about 1981.
He is mostly self-taught (with the help of lots of books, videos, magazine articles, and the creation of more designer firewood than he wants to admit).
He has focused on traditional hand tool woodworking since about 2003, and has been using only traditional hand tools and techniques to build furniture and other projects, since 2005.
James has more than 25 years of experience in public speaking, and in teaching and training non-woodworking subjects to a wide variety of students and audiences. In addition, he also has about 10 years experience in teaching woodworking-related subjects privately, as well as 5 years of teaching several traditional hand tool-related classes at the former Woodcraft store in Albuquerque.