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The Windsor Workshop

Covid 19

UPDATE 7/1/21

Now that we are in lockdown again, I have cancelled both January and February courses. I will keep courses later in the year under review and contact directly those with bookings, as things change. 

When I am allowed to run courses again, the following approach will be taken to ensure the safety of participants:

There will be a maximum of 5 students per course, with each person having their own bench and set of tool. At the beginning of each day, everyone will have their temperature taken and if it is high will not be able to take part in the remainder of the course.

Ventilation will be kept to a maximum and social distancing will be operated wherever possible. Each person will have a mask, sanitiser and wipes. Food will be packaged items from the supermarket to avoid sharing. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Tools are available as usual from this website.

I wish you the very best in these uncertain times.

James Mursell

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

Chair 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.

Students 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.


“I just wanted to say what a fabulous week I had making my Windsor chair.

The comments I’ve had since it arrived home have been amazing. Although I knew I was going to be making a chair, I couldn’t have imagined that I would get such a beautiful result in such a short period of time. Your knowledge, shared advice and patience under pressure were great, with just the right amount of input to keep us all on track and moving towards the finished article. Although I haven’t got the tools or the facilities to make another chair now, I have a feeling that I’ve been bitten by the bug and will make progress from my notes. I wouldn’t be surprised if you see me again as a returner!! In a nutshell, THANK YOU!”


“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.”


“This is a must-have book for all chair-makers and students of furniture.” Michael Huntley

Chair making tools

Travishers, 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.

Buy chair plans

If you’d like to buy Windsor chair plans to make at home, James offers a complete range as digital downloads.

Chair making videos

Click the link below to view a selection of James’ chairmaking videos.


Join James and over 21,000 Windsor chair fans on Instagram where they share images, hints, tips and new ideas.


If you enjoy social media then you might like to follow along and join in the conversation on the Windsor Chairs Facebook page.

My online shop

Visit the online shop to book chair making courses, purchase the Windsor Chairmaking book and any of the tools James designs, makes and sells.

Subscribe to my newsletter

James produces 4 newsletters a year, which are delivered by email. Each contains new course dates, Windsor chair making tips and other useful information.

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