James Irving grew up in the Washington D.C. area and came to Charleston in 2003 to attend the College of Charleston. Quickly finding his calling in the arts, James graduated with a degree in studio art with a focus on painting, and sculpture. To further nurture his talent and continue his passion for working with raw materials, James worked as an apprentice under the guidance of a local blacksmith, well known for his craft and dedication to quality pieces. There, James further refined his talent and learned the traditional way of blacksmithing using time-honored methods that blend current ornamental ironworks into Charleston’s existing architecture and historical surroundings. In 2007, James created Pirate’s Forge and continues his love for sculpture, painting, and metal design work.