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Every year James attends a number of shows around the country promoting courses, selling tools and his book. For more details and links for the shows, please see below.


April 27 – May 1

Royal Horticultural Society Gardens, Wisley , Near Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB

One of the biggest and best craft shows in the country! An enormous range of crafts and the wonderful gardens.

June 17-18

Parham House, Storrington, RH20 4HS

High quality marquee-based show in the grounds of the beautiful Parham House

August 26-28

Pashley Manor, Ticehurst, East Sussex TN5 7HE

The Sussex Guild marquee is set up in front of the beautiful Pashley Manor. The gardens are well worth a visit in their own right. Excellent cafe/restaurant.

October 27-29

Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire RG45 6DY

A well established show with an excellent range of crafts on offer.

December 2-3

Midhurst Rother College, Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 9DT

The perfect pre-Christmas show!

Chair Making Courses

Chair Making Course

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

Windsor 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.

YouTube Videos

Ben Orford makes the blades for my travishers.

Watch his short video about this great tool and the uses it can be put to.

Tool Testimonials


“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