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James Bowie: Master Furniture Maker

Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, James Bowie has been hand-crafting fine furniture since 1966.  Following the completion of a four-year apprenticeship, he attended the Barmulloch College in Glasgow, where he received the prestigious City and Guilds for Woodworking. After working for furniture makers, cabinet makers, and antique restorers, he owned a successful business with several employees and apprentices in Glasgow.

James brought his talents to the United States in 1992, and has since been commissioned to create truly outstanding pieces of furniture.  He has established a unique niche with a discerning clientele who appreciate his unique style and expert craftsmanship. His work has been on display in the San Francisco Design Center and the Laguna Festival of Arts, and he is included in the book titled “Custom Furniture Makers”. He has also won prizes at the San Diego Fine Woodworking Show in Del Mar, CA.

In 1997 he opened the first Masterpiece School of Furniture in Ft. Bragg, California where he instructed students from all over the country in the fine art of furniture making. He moved the school to Marysville, California and now works with a team of other experts to bring the best instructional programs to professionals and amateurs.