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I am currently listed in Early American Life’s Directory of Traditional American Crafts (2010 and 2011) for my hand-made Windsor chairs.

The sack back Windsor chair was developed in the 1760s and exported from Philadelphia throughout the American colonies. These popular and comfortable chairs have an oval seat, with arms typically made up of a single, steam-bent piece of wood, and legs with a gentle taper in the foot.

Each chair begins with locally milled green lumber. I carve every seat by hand from Eastern White Pine. I do all of our turnings 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 chair’s back before steaming and bending. The legs are set using a traditional tapered lock joint, which increases the chair’s stability. Finally everything is wedged, hand sanded and finished with your choice of colored lacquer or milk paint (shown here in blue lacquer).

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).

Sack-back Windsor chair


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