James Barnes worked as an industrial designer in Los Angeles and New York for many years before retreating to a farm in the Virginia mountains. He creates artistic wood turned vessels for discerning art lovers using the same lathe skills he once used to design and turn lucite bottles for large corporations.
Initially, he handcrafted functional household items such as bowls and bottle toppers. Then he spent 5 or 6 years developing his own crafting technique to make beautiful artistic vases and other items. Using a combination of wood from his farm and inlaid exotic woods from around the world, he creates design patterns that shoppers compare to cloisonné.
Currently he does not do custom designs, preferring to create whatever he is in the mood to create and allowing the natural patterns of the wood to direct his creations.