James Macdonald has been creating marquetry and inlay work at his studio in Burnham, Maine since 1989. Before setting out on his own he spent time cabinet making, guitar making and boat building in Connecticut. Possibly one of the last original back-to-the-landers, he moved to Maine in 1984, built a passive-solar house, and settled in. Since then he has been designing and making fine furniture, guitars, art pieces, and portraiture to the highest standards of craftsmanship.
James focuses on marquetry, the creating of pictures using thin veneers of different kinds of wood. He initially learned the technique from marquetry master Silas Kopf. James has gone on to assist Mr. Kopf in the teaching of this craft during workshops at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. In 2012, James received his BA with a concentration in Art from Union Institute in Montpelier, VT. Notably, he has created marquetry designs for Hinckley Yachts, and the Gibson Guitar’s Custom Shop. In May of 2018, James successfully completed a crowd funding campaign to install his Eat A Peach Tribute Guitar in the Allman Brothers Museum at the Big House. The guitar will be presented to the campaign later in 2018.