James "Jim" Ipekjian is a master wood craftsman whose legacy includes helping to restore and preserve many of the finest examples of Arts and Crafts style bungalows in America. He is best known for his custom Mid-century Modern-style cabinets, inlays and intricate relief wood paneling.
At Ipekjian Custom Wood Work, his workshop in Pasadena, Jim continues to design furniture, cabinets and lighting in a variety of styles. He is regarded as one of America's finest woodcrafters.
Jim graduated from Pasadena City College, and trained as a machinist before working in the aerospace industry. He acquired skills he would later employ in his architectural and furniture projects, such as fabricating hardware. Eventually he focused on building custom furniture, and was hired to help the historical restoration of the Blacker House in Pasadena, a project of major architectural interest.
Though he humbly refers to himself as a carpenter, the architects and clients he works with know he is a true master of wood and design. He selects the finest woods for every project and hand shapes each piece with the eye and heart of a disciplined artist. He has passed his craft on to his son, Jack, who is continuing the family heritage of wood craftsmanship.