My hand-made Windsor Chairs have been featured in Early American Life's Directory of Traditional American Crafts since 2010.
The sack back Windsor chair was developed in the 1760s and exported from Philadelphia throughout the American colonies. Based on a Lancaster County design, this one features a tall crest rail, and pinched waist set back on the arm rail—behind, rather than between (as is typical in sack back Windsors) the two short spindles. Hand carved claw arms add an additional flair to this stately chair. These popular and comfortable chairs have an oval seat, with arms made up of a single, steam-bent piece of wood, and legs with a gentle taper in the foot.
Each chair begins with locally milled green lumber. I carve every seat by hand from Eastern White Pine. I do all of our turnings on a lathe out of maple or black birch. Every spindle is rived 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 colored lacquer or milk paint (shown here in traditional tavern green milk paint with an oil finish).
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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