If you are coming to The Windsor Workshop for the first time, then you have a choice of four Windsor armchairs: Sack Back (American Double Bow); Continuous Arm; English Double Bow; and the Rocking Chair.
Each chair presents its own particular challenges, but whichever you choose you will learn all the fundamental principles of Windsor chairmaking.
Side chairs and bar stools
After making your first chair there are also other options available such as side chairs and bar stools. You will have seen these during your first course and if you are interested then discuss your ideas with James Mursell. You may be able to make two of these during a course.
Taking Windsor chairmaking further
If, having taken a course, you wish to take things further then the three remaining chairs are worth considering. However if you are looking for a serious challenge you could make the settee.
With the large number of components the settee is a major project. You will need to be confident in your abilities so that you can complete it in the time available.
No previous experience is necessary to successfully complete a Windsor chair making course and yet experienced woodworkers will still be fully challenged. Individual guidance and assistance will be provided as appropriate, and every effort will be made to ensure a rewarding and enjoyable course.
Written by James Mursell, this book was the first new book about the making and design of Windsor chairs for over 10 years. It was written with a broad readership in mind and is aimed at existing Windsor chair makers and also at those who are contemplating making their first chair.
Ben Orford makes the blades for my travishers.
Watch his short video about this great tool and the uses it can be put to.
“This tool is phenomenal. I bought two, one for myself and another for my Windsor chairmaker instructor. Compared to the other travishers I have used, yours is very good to work with and everyone who has tried it loves it. I just ordered a second one and your two spokeshaves which I trust will be as enjoyable to use. Thanks again for making such great tools.” LG (USA) 2015