James Mursell has been making Windsor chairs for the past 18 years at The Windsor Workhsop. His range of chairs for sale includes both traditional and contemporary designs.
A Windsor chair is defined as having a solid seat, with the undercarriage inserted from below and the superstructure from above; there is no continuity between top and bottom. Within this definition the range of Windsor chairs that can be created in almost infinite.
James uses locally grown hardwoods and in particular ash from the Leconfield Estate in Petworth, West Sussex. His Windsor chairs are made to the highest standard, using traditional green woodworking techniques. Theyare completed with an easy to maintain oil and wax finish.
He firmly believes a Windsor chair should not only be soundly made and comfortable, but also pleasing to look at from all directions. The shaping of each component is carefully considered and the expression ‘less is more’ applies fully to his Windsor chairs. They will give pleasure to future generations.
James makes a number of different side- and arm-chairs which can be seen on other pages. However if you have a particular type of chair in mind please do not hesitate to get in touch to investigate the feasibility of having it made for you.
If you wish to commission a chair, please contact James to discuss the matter. Usually a deposit of 1/3 will be requested with deliver of approximately 12 weeks.
Windsor Chairs by James Mursell
Click the links below for details of Windsor chairs that James makes to order.
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