Jim Wood 13

Creating Masterpieces Out of Scrap Metal

Jim Wood graduated from Rockhurst high school in 1973 and went on to earn an accounting degree from the University of Missouri.

After retiring from a successful and rewarding 40-plus-year career in banking, public accounting and capital markets/real estate, he can finally call each day his own. His official new title is artist-in-residence. Jim works from his home in Leawood where he converted the unfinished upstairs to a workshop/studio.

He has always enjoyed working with his hands tinkering in the garage or workshop.


“Whether restoring an Austin Healey, a Triumph TR6, customizing my Harley, or making furniture, the primary thing I lacked was time. Now that I am ‘retired,’ I have the time,” he says.

After adding a welding torch to his collection of woodworking and other tools, he thought it would be fun to see what he could create out of old railroad spikes—there are plenty to be had with a short walk along the railroad tracks. The results are unusual and classic pieces of art that are well beyond the typical stuff you would find at an art fair. He has sold quite a few to folks as far away as Los Angeles, New York and Hilton Head, South Carolina.