Contemporary Double Bow Windsor
These armchairs feature prominently in both the English and American traditions. This large modern chair, shown here in ash with an elm seat, has features from both. It is designed to be used for relaxing and perhaps reading the paper. The wide seat, broad back and large number of spindles make it particularly comfortable.
Maximum dimensions: 26.75″ x 25″ x 40.25″ ( w x d x h )
The ‘D’ shaped seat is deeply hollowed for maximum comfort. The spindles are turned, though they could be shaved if preferred. The asymmetric side stretchers give the undercarriage an old-English flavour.
Buy the Contemporary Double Bow Windsor Armchair plans
For printing (pdf) on A4/letter size paper
Full size drawings
For printing on A0/ANSI E-size paper
The chair shown has been made by James Mursell of The Windsor Workshop in Sussex, England.
James’ guiding principle when creating Windsor chairs is to make them as elegant as possible. This is achieved by removing all unnecessary wood from the chair. In addition each part is shaped to minimise its visual weight, where appropriate.
Chair Making Courses
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
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.
“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