The Windsor Workshop

James Mursell runs The Windsor Workshop from his farm in West Sussex, offering courses, specialist tools and Windsor chairs made to order.

Chair making Courses

working on setteeChair making courses are run throughout the year. Over five days students  create an elegant Windsor chair using traditional techniques and a range of hand tools. Windsor chairmaking is a very accessible branch of woodworking , and no previous experience is necessary in order to successfully complete a course and make a fine piece of furniture; yet even the most experienced woodworker will be challenged! Read testimonials from past students

drilling to pin armStudents are taught by professional Windsor chair maker James Mursell. He passes on exactly the same techniques that he uses every day in making his chairs and when new techniques are developed they are quickly incorporated in the chair making courses. Great attention is given on the courses to design with the aim of encouraging students to make elegant chairs both on the course and in their future work. A summary of his approach to teaching can be found here.

For those with an ambition to make a serious hobby or business out of making chairs, the learning of efficient techniques which are taught at all stages will also be very valuable.


Windsor Chair making travisherTravishers, spokeshaves and other chair making tools are available from The Windsor Workshop. These tools were designed by James Mursell and are made in the workshop to the highest possible standard. You can be certain that these tools will work well as they are used by students on all courses and by James when making his chairs for sale. The spokeshaves, travishers and kits have a worldwide following from discerning chair and furniture makers.

These tools are also available as high quality kits made to the same high standards as the complete tools. This allows the purchaser to save money and have the pleasure of creating their own tool. The kits give the opportunity to make tools to your own design, particularly with the spokeshaves.

Chairs Made to Order

James also makes chairs for sale. Each Windsor chair is made to order, using the the finest locally grown hardwoods. A wide range of chairs is available, but do not hesitate to get in touch about special requirements.

Windsor Chair Plans

Based on a sister website, James Mursell offers plans of his Windsor chairs for sale as digital downloads or full size plans shipped to your address.