With a background in woodworking, building, and stone work, James brings a sculptor's sensibility to every task he undertakes at Breedlove. When hand-binding Breedlove instruments, he executes the meticulous work with with the eye of an artist and with the passion of musician. He treats every instrument as if it were his own personal guitar.
James grew up just outside of Bend, in La Pine, and he's always been good at making things with his hands. His father is a granite fabricator and taught James, at an early age, how to work with many materials, including stone, metal and wood. During his experience as a five-year journeyman slab stone fabricator, James worked on a range of custom projects including tables, headstones, water fountains and a six-foot-tall sculpture. In his spare time, James enjoys blacksmithing and building his own guitars.
Favorite meal in Bend: Mongolian BBQ
Favorite view in Bend: Top of Pilot Butte
Obsession in life: Guitar
Unusual talent: Blacksmithing
Best skill as a kid: Building stuff
Favorite bands at the moment: The Human Abstract and Protest The Hero
Accomplishment you're proud of: Getting a job at Breedlove
Dream vacation-home location: Hawaii