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Elia Bizzarri’s Windsor Chair Workshop Tour

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Blog entry by WoodAndShop posted 07-30-2014 01:37 AM 998 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In my above video I share my recent tour of Elia Bizzari’s traditional Windsor chair workshop in Hillsboro, North Carolina. I found Elia to not only be warm & welcoming, but incredibly hilarious. We had some great laughs together in his workshop and will be working on filming a DVD together in the near future. Please contact me if a Windsor chair tutorial DVD interests you.

Elia started traditional woodworking as a teenager, and eventually discovered his passion for making traditional Windsor chairs. Curtis Buchanan welcomed Elia as an apprentice, and Elia has gone on to become one of the world’s most well-known Windsor chair makers. He has even been featured a couple times on Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s Shop television show. You can view those episodes here.


I cracked up when Elia told me how, when he was younger, he obtained permission to use his college fund for some more advanced Windsor chair courses. This young guy loves what he does and especially finds joy in life’s simple pleasures. I call that true success.

You can contact Elia and place orders for custom Windsor chairs at his website here.

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-- Joshua Farnsworth - Free Traditional Hand Tool Woodworking Tutorials: http://WoodAndShop.com



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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 07-30-2014 02:54 AM

I love the look and feel of your videos. With the depth of field I assume you are using a DSLR?

Your photography is really good too.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#2 posted 07-30-2014 12:28 PM

Hi Todd, Thanks for the compliment! Yes I use DSLR cameras, but with really high end lenses….that’s where the nice look comes from. I used to be a professional photographer, so it makes it easy to photograph things I love!

-- Joshua Farnsworth - Free Traditional Hand Tool Woodworking Tutorials: http://WoodAndShop.com

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#3 posted 07-30-2014 03:58 PM

Well, that explains it all…and makes me very jealous…

I look forward to seeing more!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#4 posted 07-30-2014 08:49 PM

Don’t worry Todd. You’ll see some more very soon! I’ll be visiting the workshops of Frank Klausz (New Jersey) and then Phillip Lowe (Salem, MA) next week.

-- Joshua Farnsworth - Free Traditional Hand Tool Woodworking Tutorials: http://WoodAndShop.com

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#5 posted 07-31-2014 05:27 AM

A filming budget. I need one of those!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#6 posted 07-31-2014 04:38 PM

Well, I was a pro photographer for years, so it’s just been budgeted over a very long time :)

-- Joshua Farnsworth - Free Traditional Hand Tool Woodworking Tutorials: http://WoodAndShop.com

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