Jim has always been very artistic, winning his first coloring contest in Kindergarten, and later excelling in architectural and machine drafting at Alhambra High School in Martinez, CA. Jim experiments with many mediums and loves learning and combining new skills into his woodworking art adding complexity and difficulty.
Jim opened J. Anderson Wood Works, LLC in 2015 after a few years of crafting cornhole boards, signs, and cutting boards. Not satisfied with his skill level, he earned a degree in Architectural Woodworking and Production Cabinetry from Bates Technical College. This education provided the foundation allowing him to experiment and learn more advance woodworking techniques.
Jim served 24-years in the U.S. Army's elite 75th Ranger Regiment. His service left his body ravaged with injuries and he was medically retired in 2017. Jim found healing-through-art and uses woodworking, glassblowing, and other artistic mediums to heal through art.