My hand-made Windsor Chairs have been featured in Early American Life's Directory of Traditional American Crafts since 2010.
The birdcage side chair developed from the traditional bow-back style Windsor to included a square back design that incorporated Asian influenced bamboo style turnings. These popular and comfortable chairs featured a New York style shield seat, as opposed to the Philadelphia's oval seat. The top corners are hand carved just like their 19th century counterparts to resemble a mitered or "duckbill" bamboo joint.
Each chair begins with locally milled green lumber. Every seat is hand-carved from Eastern White Pine. I do all of my turnings by hand on a lathe out of maple or black birch. Every spindle is rived (split) from the log and shaved on a shave horse to ensure the grain is left unbroken from end to end. This traditional process is repeated on the chair's back before steaming and bending. The legs are set using a traditional tapered lock joint, which increases the chair's stability. Finally everything is wedged, hand sanded and finished with your choice of milk paint.
Each piece is custom made-to-order, please allow 6-8 weeks. The price is for local pick up only. I can help you arrange shipping, I offer standard crating and white glove delivery (pricing will vary).
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