James Walker lives in the cypress wooden house he built thirty-seven years ago, located on the exact farm where he was born and raised in south Georgia. His wood turning skills began to take shape after taking a few non-credit courses at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, followed by additional courses at John C. Campbell Folk School. He now finds inspiration in attending symposiums sponsored by Southern States Woodturners and Georgia Association of Woodturners where he meets fellow wood-workers, shares ideas and observes other handcrafted wood pieces. Some of James's creations include bowls, vases, salt and pepper grinders and oil candles. His bowls and vases vary in size and shape in accordance with the variation of native wood he chooses to use. Among the wood varieties are cherry, maple, black walnut, poplar, sycamore and even pistachio. When someone in the area finds a fallen tree, they call James to see if he would like the wood to reclaim. His workshop is right in his backyard, encouraging the continuing turning of these masterful wooden pieces. The workshop has also become a local hang-out for woodturners in the area to gather and share knowledge and techniques. His bowls are my go to for special gift giving, or for anyone who deserves a remarkably exceptional present!
James Walker is one of the few extraordinary artist that we are lucky enough to be associated with. In addition to this blog feature, his one of a kind, hand-turned wooden bowls are now available in The Whole Family's Food Shop! Thank you Mr. James for the devotion and creativity which encompasses each and every piece.