Minimalist Comb Side Chair

This minimalist comb side chair was designed to be both modern and compact, while still comfortable. The distinctive seat is trapezoid in outline. The seat hollow is circular and convex flares on each side enhance the lightness of its appearance. This example has an American cherry seat with ash. This chair is designed to be paired with the Minimalist Comb Armchair.

Maximum dimensions: 17″ x 20″ x 37.75″ ( w  x d  x h )

The six spindles are deliberately divided into two groups with a larger gap in the centre to provide extra visual interest. This means that there is no central spindle to coincide with the sitter’s spine. This is more a discussion point than being important to the structure and comfort of the chair! Being modern, turned spindles are more appropriate in this case than the slightly irregular nature of shaved spindles. A gently steam bent crest tops off the spindles. Only two side stretchers are fitted to this chair.

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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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