Continuous Arm Windsor
Continuous Arm Windsor chair is an original design of New York. It utilizes a single length of wood to form the crest and the arms of the chair, which are bent perpendicular to the crest arch. It is a very graceful design and one of the most recognizable of the Windsor styles. The shield seat include a tail that allows two brace spindles to strengthen the nine spindled back. It fits in well with any room arrangement and works well with any Bow Back chairs around a table.
Bow Back Windsor
Bow Back Windsor side chairs are perfect for around a table or at a desk. A shield seat with a tail for the addition of two bracing spindles creates a very durable chair that a family can use day in day out for years to come. They are very comfortable and lean themselves to become the chair everyone uses in the most popular location in the house – the kitchen/dining table.
Sack Back Windsor
Sack Back Windsor was introduced circa 1760. It is an extremely utilitarian style chair due to its comfort, strength, and gracefulness appearance. It has a two piece back, both steam bent into an arch. The crest rail is mortised and wedges into the arm rail. It has a carved oval seat with seven spindles set into it that run through the arm rail up into the crest rail. Some styles add a steam bent comb six inches or more above the crest rail with the spindles set into it to supply a head rest. The name Set Back is said to derive from the practice of draping a cloth sack over the back to shield the sitter from cold drafts.
Comb Back Windsor
Comb Back Windsor are the earliest style of Windsor to be produced in America and are considered to be a Philedelphia design. The Comb Back tends to use a constructed three piece wood arm with dramatic curved arm rest and carved knuckles. The “D” shaped seat can be made large and comfortable with the long spindles connecting to the comb, creating a back and head rest for relaxing. This style lends itself to a contemporary twist by utilizing Tiger Striped Maple for the turnings, arm and comb combined with a natural finish versus a painted on. This is a very dramatic and beautiful combination that creates a focal point in any room.
High Back Windsor
High Back Windsor chairs are a melding of the Sack Back and the Comb Back Windsors. The seat is an oval and the arm is the steam bent flat arm of the Sack Back. It can also be carved with a knuckle grip. The tall back can support a fancy comb with carved spiraled ears or a plain steam bent smooth and graceful shaped comb, creating a lighter and more graceful chair than the Comb Back Windsor of Philadelphia.
Windsor Stools are rare and surviving examples are low stools or hearth stools, and work stools and desk stools. I make three different heights: · 17" for tables and desks · 22" for work benches and counters · 30" for bar counter height I also give you the option of a round seat or a "D" or oval shaped seat that is dished and sculpted like a chair. All stools utilize Windsor joinery technique to assure years of use.
Welsh Stick Windsor
Welsh Stick Windsors are beautiful, comfortable, and have an interesting history to them. The style has lent itself to being modernized a bit and contemporary versions have been emerging over the years through the works of George Nakashima and Thomas Moser. Recently Drew Langsner and John Brown brought the original styles to the forefront of chair making circles and chairwights are able to work with a mix of them all. I make two types of stick chairs I’ll describe here:
Shown left, The Hearth Stick Windsor Chair is a “D” shape sculpted seat with tapered octagon legs socketed and wedged into the seat, a constructed arm, and a narrow tall back of four spindles with a simple bent comb to rest your head on. They were typically low chairs as the floor served as the table for a person sitting in front of the hearth, warming themselves as they ate dinner and relaxed after a long day at work. I can make them out of walnut or cherry and use clear oil and varnish finish.
Contemporary Stick Windsor
The second variety of Welsh Stick Windsors are Contemporary Stick Windsors, which have a “D” shaped sculpted seat and eight tall spindles that connect to a simple but wider comb. Tapered, octagon legs and braces hold the undercarriage strong and curved arms fit to plain spindles finish the clean lines of this chair. Walnut or cherry can be used for this chair along with clear oil and varnish finish.