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Windsor Chairmaking

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.

Chapter headings

Introduction
1.  Historical background
2.  Materials, equipment and tools
3.  Processes and techniques
4.  Two English chairs including plans
5.  Two American chairs including plans
6.  Lessons from the past
7.  Body language of chairs: shape and design
8.  Other Windsor furniture

The first chapter of Windsor Chairmaking covers the history and background of Windsor chairs.

Chapter 2 & 3 discusses the tools needed for Windsor chair making; the choice of woods and their pros and cons; and the necessary equipment, such as the steambox; and all the techniques that are required for making Windsor chairs.

Chapters 4 & 5 contain detailed plans for two English and two American chairs. These chapters are aimed at those who are interested in both English and American Windsor chairs – dealing with them together throughout the book for the first time.

Those who wish to make chairs in the same way that they were made in the 18th century will find chapter 6 particularly interesting, as it discusses the lessons to be learned from the toolmarks left by an English maker on a chair dating from around 1750.

Chapter 7 covers design and looks at the subtle messages that can be sent out by a chair which can be interpreted in the same way as human body language.

Chapter 8 illustrates how the Windsor ‘form of construction’ can be applied to other types of furniture.

Windsor Chairmaking by James Mursell

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Book review

Below is Michael Huntley’s (Guild of Master Craftsmen) review of my Windsor Chairmaking book.

Book review

Chair Making Courses

Chair Making Course

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.

Chair Making Book

Windsor chair making book

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.

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Ben Orford makes the blades for my travishers.

Watch his short video about this great tool and the uses it can be put to.

Tool Testimonials

Travisher

“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