James received his training at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where he majored in sculpture. He has over 15 years experience as an artist blacksmith.
From 2001 to 2013, he operated a studio in Boston, MA, creating works ranging from pure art to architectural scale metal work.
In 2013, James and his family moved to a farm in Potsdam, NY, transforming an old barn into his workshop, "The Farmhouse Forge".
James also does custom work.