Palette Artisans: James Austin
James Austin is a professional blacksmith and educator based in Oakland, CA. After serving a traditional apprenticeship and three journeyman's years in Bavaria, he established his own blacksmithing studio. James’ approach to smithing is rooted in historical German techniques which he employs with the use of traditional tools he has acquired and forged in his studio. For his collaboration with Palette, James hand-forged the flatware and other metal wares found in the restaurant and Shop.