My name is Ryan James and I have a beautiful wife (Ruth) and boy (Joscha) who I love more than anything in this world. I thank God that I have been able to pursue this calling and am always grateful to my designer for instilling design into my heart.
I have always been fascinated with design and working with my hands. As a little boy I would often "help" my dad with certain renovation projects. Even though I often got in the way of his work, he fuelled my love for working and building with my hands. The Ability to create a concept and follow it through to the final product is a feeling like none other. This makes me come alive. There is something special about leather that just captivates me. The rugged and earthiness of it, the smell, the feel, the sound it makes when you roll it out, or the sound it makes when the blade passes through it. It gets me every time.
I love the simple things in life and I think that it shows in my work. My designs are very simple and clean and rugged but neat. I draw a lot of my inspiration from nature. Before I got into the leather working vocation, I was and currently am a photographer. I loved to capture beauty in what seemingly was not beautiful. I am primarily a portrait and wedding photographer, but my passion is street and landscape photography - the more natural and unposed imagery. This translates into my work. I like the somewhat unfinished and unrefined things that are just beautiful by themselves.
"A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold."