James “Red” Saunders

James “Red” Saunders is originally from Reidsville, NC where he retired from the American Tobacco Company after 30 years. In 1999 he moved to Oak Island, NC with his wife Valorie. Originally he worked in metal and always wanted to turn wood. He’s taken many classes from private turners, day classes and attended The John C. Campbell Folk Art School in North Carolina. He previously taught private and group lessons at his shop in Oak Island, NC.

One of his favorite things to do is “hunt” for the wood. His travels have taken him from Virginia to Texas and many places in between. Red’s inspiration comes from the wood itself. Many times he will start a piece and then change the design according to the special character in the wood. His work is in the permanent collection of the Louise Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC. He has moved back to his hometown of Reidsville, NC where he is working in his shop, daily. Red currently teaches wood turning at Rockingham Community College. He also has a shop in Meadows Of Dan, VA where he will be teaching private lessons.


2004 Artists of Southeastern North Carolina Juried Show Louise Cameron Art Museum. This piece was accepted for permanent gallery exhibit.

2004 First Place, Brunswick Arts Council Fall Art Show

2004 First & Second Place, Oak Island Arts By The Shore

2005 Second Place/Professional Arts, North Carolina State Fair

2006 Associated Artists of Southport Award, Brunswick Arts Council Fall Art Show

2007 Fine Arts Festival Assoc. of Rockingham County The William Palmer Reid Award

2007 Best of Show, Brunswick Arts Council

2007 One Man Show Reidsville Fine Arts Festival & Gallery

2008 Jeannie Gerloven Award, Best of Show 3D, Brunswick Arts Council

2008 Oak Island Art Guild Award, Brunswick Arts Council

2009 Thirds Place, Arts & Photography Professional-3 dimensional sculptures,

2009 Best of Show, Brunswick Arts Council Fall Show

2009 First Place, Oak Island Arts By the Shore