James (Jim) Walker has been intimately involved with mineral specimens ever since he first put one in his toothless little mouth. When not building Tesla coils, zip guns, and proving that even small rockets can go through a garage roof, Jim led bicycle expeditions to explore local mines and places where cool rocks could be found. He still has some of them. A caver, rock climber and surfer since the early Sixties, Jim has had an intimate relationship with various aspects of Natural History: everything from researching, extracting, preparing, and marketing. Ultimately, this has led to a business devoted to finding and sharing the wonders of the natural world. In order to do so, Jim has searched museum collections and databases for information about obscure mineral & fossil localities and subsequently recovered specimens from such forgotten places, sometimes having to battle hostile wildlife and hazardous conditions to do so.
Jim has been a core member of institutional expeditions to recover specimens from restricted areas and, for variety, operated a commercial fossil quarry in Wyoming. Jim has been a Natural History provider/consultant for over 30 years, handling a broad range of items including: fine minerals, fossils, meteorites, exotic gemstones and lapidary objects. This experience base has led to consulting positions with a number of museums, auction houses, and private clients. Jim is a member of a number of geologically related societies as well as ones having nothing to do with Natural History – he is interested in everything.