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I am currently listed in Early American Life’s 2010 Directory of Traditional American Crafts for my hand-made Windsor chairs.

My nanny bench was inspired by a circa 1790-1810 New England cradle in the collections of Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum. It features a rounded end that flows from a Sack-back bench design. It has a hand carved New England style continuous plank seat with a single rain gutter surrounding all the vertical parts socketed in the seat. It features Philadelphia style legs and arms characterized by a tall baluster ring and cylindrical turnings ending in a blunt arrow foot (circa 1740-1790). The back curves around slightly to the left to cradle the sitter. This also provides a comfortable position for keeping an eye on a sleeping child snug in the cradled right side of the bench. It has become a favorite resting place for my youngest daughter.

Each bench begins with locally milled green lumber. Every seat is hand-carved from Eastern White Pine. I do all of my turnings by hand on a lathe out of maple or black birch. Every spindle is rived and shaved on a shave horse to ensure the grain is left unbroken from end to end. This traditional process is repeated on the bench's back before steaming and bending. The legs are set using a traditional tapered lock joint which increases stability. Finally everything is wedged, hand sanded and finished with your choice of milk paint.

Each piece is custom made-to-order, please allow 6-8 weeks. The price is for local pick up only. I can help you arrange shipping— I offer standard crating and white glove delivery (pricing will vary).

Windsor Nanny Bench

$1,600.00 USD
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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: oak, pine, maple, milk paint
  • Only ships to United States from New York, United States.
  • Favorited by: 448 people