Minimalist Comb Armchair

This armchair was designed to be paired with the minimalist comb side chair. The name is somewhat misleading as this is not a small chair, while the side chair is very compact. The example shown is made in ash with a cherry seat. The uniquely shaped seat is the most distinctive feature of the chair, with its crisp edges and smooth surface. The turnings are deliberately simple and contemporary.

Maximum dimensions: 26″ x 24″ x 41 1/2″ ( w  x d  x h )

The long spindles are distinctively separated by a gap in the centre for the spine and are connected together by the deeply bent crest. The arm is quite low at the back  and broad in the hands to aid comfort. The spindles in this example are turned on a lathe, although use of a rounding plane would also be recommended.

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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.

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