The regional stylistic variations of Windsor chairs – and their forerunners, stick chairs – are many. Low-back stick chairs made in Carmarthenshire in the south-west of Wales evolved into a distinct style identifiable by their massive one-piece horse shoe-shaped arms and colossal slab seats (fig. 1).
These simple chairs were made from whatever timber was available locally and often literally employed sticks cut from the hedge which were whittled to fit the sockets bored in the seats and arms. The monumental one-piece arms were hewn from the naturally crooked limbs of contorted trees that existed in the mountainous landscape.