This style of side chair was first developed in the 1780's in New England. Note the steam-bent crest rail with carved ears and shield seat. Finished in a brown milk paint.
This piece, as do all my Windsors, has hand split (riven) piece that allows the grain to run from end to end. This allows the spindles and steam bent parts, all parts really, to be light and yet have great strength. All the turned parts (legs, arm posts) are done by myself. I am able to get better detail than could be achieved with purchased machine-made parts. The legs are tapered and wedged into the seat ensuring a joint in a chair that will last generations. The spindles of all my handcrafted Windsors are carefully draw-shaved which allows me to follow the grain, again allowing the piece to be think but very strong. All my Windsors are made entirely by hand, using only hand-tools.
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