James Saunders was interested in woodcrafting and woodturning at a young age but he only rediscovered it after 30 years of metal work. He began taking woodcrafting classes prior to retiring from the tobacco industry.
Saunders enjoys studying the unique characteristics of various woods and finding the perfect use for each piece. He makes a wide assortment of household items, such as bowls, platters, and salt and pepper grinders. He once made a pair of earrings from discarded ebony piano keys.
Most of his wood comes from Virginia’s Piedmont region or from Florida. He likes searching for and gathering great pieces of wood, sometimes going far out of his way to obtain rarer species.