James Budlong

James Budlong

Fine Woodworking
Email:
jbudlong@mendocino.edu

Classes:

            WOD 70A Introduction to Wood

            WOD 70B Woodworking II

            WOD 80A Fine Woodworking I

            WOD 80B Fine Woodworking II

           

Bio: Growing up working in his father’s woodworking business in Salinas California, Jim became well acquainted with the craft at an early age. After college he spent some time restoring antiques and refinishing furniture. He then attended the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program (now the Krenov School of Fine Furniture) for the 1983/84 and 1984/85 school years. After four years of working in a co-operative workshop in Ft. Bragg with fellow graduates, Jim began his teaching career at the College of the Redwoods during the summer of 1989. That led into teaching in the nine-month program for what has now become over 31 years. At the same time, he continued to teach various summer classes every summer. Jim valued greatly the opportunity to work alongside James Krenov for 13 years, prior to Krenov’s retirement.

Over the years Jim has been commissioned to make various projects from dining room tables, desks, chairs, wall cabinets, etc. In addition, his work has been shown nationally in numerous woodworking shows and galleries, as well as having articles in many woodworking publications. While he still really enjoys teaching at the Krenov School and occasionally makes furniture, he now works with his wife developing and beautifying their off grid redwood ranch near Comptche, revisiting the interest he had in Forestry so many years ago.   

 

Something You Don’t Know About Me: He originally was interested in a career in Forestry.