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A Pair of Forest Chairs – Part One

I want four or five Windsor chairs that can remain permanently outdoors on the front veranda of the new house. As I have blathered on about forest chairs on numerous occasions, I thought I would make a pair of them … Continue reading

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Picture This LXXVII

I am seeing forest chairs everywhere and am beginning to wonder if there are any Windsor chairs out there that aren’t painted. The striking lath-back armchair in figure 1 incorporates bold leg turnings (compare with the chairs here and here), … Continue reading

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Picture This LXXII

Following on from Picture This LXXI last month, another brace of low-back Windsors has cropped up; however this pair bears no traces of paint. George III yew and elm low-back Windsor chairs, circa 1780. (Robert Bradley) Made of yew, with … Continue reading

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Picture This LXII

Bonham’s The Oak Interior sale in Oxford on the 30th of September 2015 includes a variety of late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century oak and other furniture. There are plenty of excellent lots on offer, but I picked out lot 185, a … Continue reading

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Picture This XLVIII

The design of these Windsor chairs shares much in common with the Claremont chairs I made in early 2013. Fig. 1. Ash and elm fan-back Windsor chairs, circa 1750. (Michael Pashby) Fig. 2. Characteristic D-shape saddled seat with rear brace … Continue reading

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Chiltern Bodgers

Robin Wood posted this wonderful old film about bodging in the Chilterns and I had to share it.   Jack Plane

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A Set of Six Claremont Fan-back Windsor Chairs – Part Eight

I was about five minutes into staining the second chair when light rain began falling which, annoyingly, forced me to revise the whole colouring and polishing procedure. The chairs were in and out of the shed a dozen times that … Continue reading

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The Original Campaign Chair

Almost two hundred years before the Roorkhee chair was adopted by twentieth-century adventurers and militias, Windsor chairs were commonplace anywhere cheap, lightweight and portable seating was required. Black- or green-painted Windsors known as ‘forest chairs’ were used outdoors from the … Continue reading

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An Impostor in Our Midst! – Part One

My good friend Glen Rundell, maker of North American style Windsor chairs (I’m working on that), hosted a couple of Windsor chair making courses in late 2011 in conjunction with visiting North American chairmaker, Peter Galbert. Glen himself trained in … Continue reading

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