3 November, 2021 | 2 min read

The Hands Behind Handmade

Eskaton Village Placerville Art ShowThe Year was 1944. James got on one knee and proposed to his high school sweetheart Maxine. After serving 6 years in the Navy during WWII, James and Maxine, happily wed. They decided to settle in Southern California where James worked for the City of Los Angeles as a carpenter until he retired in 1984.


James helped build the First United Methodist Church of Reseda where he met a man who taught him how to carve wood. From that point forward, James always had a project to work on; he built bedroom furniture for his daughter and a cradle for his grandchild. He even remodeled his own home that he and his family lived in from 1949 to 2009.


The year he turned 87, the couple bought a home at Eskaton Village Placerville to be close to their children and grandchildren. They chose to live in a home so that James could continue to do woodwork in the garage.


 James Patterson


James still enjoys cutting intricate designs on his scroll saw—which he learned how to use in his 70s. A lot of his pieces are donated to the annual Christmas Bazaar at Eskaton Village Placerville. His work was displayed at the January 14, 2017, Sip and Stroll Art Show in Placerville.

Eskaton Village Placerville Art Show

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