James grew up in a family who enjoyed working with their hands. Smitten with creating artwork and making things from an early age, James went on to secure a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from SUNY Brockport. A spontaneous detour resulted in his founding a popular secondhand bookstore in Rochester, NY. He operated the store for eleven years before selling it and being lured to New Mexico. James perfected his skills as a woodworker in Santa Fe through on-the-job training and experience making custom furniture, architectural features and carving decorative picture frames. He has taught in the Fine Woodworking Department of the Santa Fe Community College School of Art and Design since 2002. In addition to woodworking and the pursuit of other art forms, James has exercised his range of skills, both practical and creative, to help people manage and improve buildings. He has managed the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market building since it opened in 2008, and was the Property Manager for the McCune Charitable Foundation for several years. CCA is a good fit.