Kentucky Tourism

Williams, James Thomas — Anew Backyard

Elizabethtown, KY


outdoor furniture

James Williams is a native of Elizabethtown, KY, and lives on the farm on which he was born. He holds a Bachelor of Administration degree and worked in retail management for 35 years. James retired in 2004 and has been working full time in his craft ever since.


James has always been fascinated with natural wood. As a child he watched his father build a race boat and create works of art with wood, including The Komfort Chair. Using Eastern Red Cedar wood and stainless steel screws James now creates a line of Kentuck Furniture that includes his father’s Kentuck Komfort Chair. James’ Kentuck Furniture line features all Kentucky materials and is Kentucky’s answer to the New York Adirondack chair.


James has learned that all trees go through different situations and are different as a result. In his furniture he mixes and matches wood grains so each piece of furniture is unique.  James says he relentlessly works to make the best furniture on the planet and that he truly cares and appreciates every customer.


James is a member of the Kentucky Crafted Program, the Louisville Artisans Guild, and the Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen.


James’ work can be found at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg, KY;  and the  Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.