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Tradition


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Tradition


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WINDSOR CHAIR MAKER

I have been making traditional English Windsor chairs for over 25 years; the process of making has changed very little since they were made in the early 1800’s in and around High Wycombe. I am one of the few craftsmen left in the country to use these age old traditional techniques. 

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Craft


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Craft


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Always uppermost in my mind is to retain respect for those established traditions, but I have taken chair making many steps further in making them more comfortable by carving the seat deeper so it becomes a chair to ‘sit in’ not perch on, also I steam-bend the back spindles –depending which chair is out of Yew or Ash- to give a lumber support, most welcome if my customer has a back problem.

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No two chairs are identical as each is custom made to my customer’s requirements. I like to get people away from the idea that Windsor chairs are only made to be used in the kitchen, I make my chairs finer and lighter so they can and do grace many fine homes around the country.  

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Quality


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Quality


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I use all British timbers – Elm for the seat – Ash for the upper frame, bows, back and arm spindles, also under frame legs and stretchers, if requested I use     Yew for the upper frame making a higher quality chair. All timbers I use come from sustainable resources. I use a Bobbin-Bow Lathe to turn legs, short arm spindles and stretchers using the wood green giving a finish that does not need sanding.

Once an order has been placed, I custom make each Windsor chair to fit a person’s ergonomic stature.

All curved and bent parts of the chairs are steamed for approximately one hour, then gently pulled round a former to get the desired shape. I use traditional sharp, chair making tools to fine shape and finish my chairs to give the unique and individual appeal.

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TESTImony


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TESTImony


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If you would like to visit me in my workshop, you are most welcome, please phone or email, to make sure I’m around, when you come I could be turning ‘round parts’ on my Bobbin –  Lathe,(no room for a Pole-Lathe) or I could be ‘steam-bending’ bows and spindles, maybe even finishing a chair, waxing and polishing. 

Once an order has been placed, I custom make each Windsor chair to fit a person’s ergonomic stature. To commission a chair can be done either by email or personal visit to my workshop or events / shows I attend.

How a Windsor chair is made – With completion of chair comes a personalised Photo album, provenance showing how I made the chair, location maps showing where I sourced the Ash, Elm and Yew. Also I sign and date the chair.