James is a bit of an adrenaline junkie with the mentality that life is short and we are meant to live with passion.
While snowboarding in the Colorado backcountry, a storm abruptly rolled in on James and his friend. Above treelike, the two were fully exposed to potential lightning strikes.
Multiple times James felt electricity crawling up his legs and kicked his board off for fear a strike was imminent. As each terrifying minutes passed, the pair blindly and quickly worked their way down to eventual safety.
To satisfy morbid curiosity, James took a gander at images of people struck by lightning. What he found was equal parts terrifying and fascinating.
Davis thought: “No one wants to be struck by lightning… but what if… I could recreate it!”
Soon, Davis was able to recreate the patterns in his custom wood designs. The pieces have a distinct dark pattern blazed onto wood, similar to a black snowflake and no two patterns are alike!
Using a little known (albeit dangerous) technique for infusing electricity directly into wood, it results in captured lightning.
Start with raw material.
Apply a chemical solution to conduct electricity.
Create a positive & ground connection on the solution.
Shock electricity follows the path of least resistance, creating a unique pattern.
Sand to reveal details.
Add colors and stains if desired.
Fill cavities with resin
“Every piece I own (which is far too few) of James Davis Designs is nothing short of fantastic! Each piece was hand crafted as the answer to a unique design challenge – leaving the final result a perfect blend of esthetic appeal and functionality. The thought and care that has gone into these one-of-a-kind works of art (that just happen to double as furniture) is unmatched. Beyond that, start to finish, my entire experience working with James Davis Designs was top notch. If you’re looking for the best, then you’ve come to the right place!”
We put in an odd and fun request to James Davis Designs for a custom tap handle for a friend’s birthday. James did an outstanding job managing our wants and produced a gorgeous handle that our friends loved. For any future wood design needs our go to will always be James Davis Design. A must!
We love the dining table that James made for us. He took our rough thoughts and turned them into something unique and beautiful that is noticed by everyone who comes to dinner. He has since done more work for us and we couldn’t be happier. Thank you, James.
My office is adorned with a Davis original desk, exotic woods in natural lacquer with an edgy welded frame. Just the sort of dichotomy that exemplifies James Davis Designs background. What you see is what you get with James’ creations- if the pieces that you see in his gallery are your slice of pie, then you won’t be disappointed. I recommend James Davis Designs craftsmanship without reservation.
As a new brewery in town we wanted our atmosphere to be as impressive and memorable as our beer. James Davis designed the most unique bar I have ever seen. Our customers constantly ask questions about it and it adds to their unique experience. James has continued to work with Renegade on several projects over the last year and a half, and his work is always top quality and extremely professional. I look forward to working with James Davis Designs for years to come.
In our shop on Speer & Colfax:
Set up fee: $20
$65/hr – 1 hour minimum
On-site at your shop (nationwide travel available):
$35 Denver Metro
$50 (Denver to Silverthorn)
$80 (Copper, Vail, Avon)
$100 (Steamboat/Crested Butte)
Additional costs for out-of-state & overnight trips
$65/hr – 3 hour minimum
Perfect for working with sheet goods
Often cheaper than delivery/shipping of material to our shops
Perfect for pre-CNC cutting
***Must have adequate airflow or venting***
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