Bow Back Windsor

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Project by kenn posted 10-22-2008 12:03 AM 1423 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this chair in December 2006 at The Windsor Institute. After I posted my C-Arm chair, I realized that I had not posted this little beauty, and since I sit in it at my desk paying bills – all the time it seems like – I figured she deserves to be seen by all of you lumberjocks. Its finished with milk paint, chocolate brown over salmon and several coats of Danish oil. This chair is based on one originally built in New York City around 1780-1790. The seat is dramatically shaped, very deeply scooped out. The S curve on the sides cuts in almost 2”, making the shield shape highly visible. To repeat myself, I like this chair and I enjoyed making it, especially the seat.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#1 posted 10-22-2008 12:11 AM


That is one beautiful chair! I, too, really like the seat. It just begs to be touched and sat in.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 10-22-2008 12:16 AM

HI Ken,

As always, a thing of beauty!



-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#3 posted 10-22-2008 12:26 AM

Thanks guys. I thought you were in S. Africa Chuck, have you been keeping up with us?

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#4 posted 10-22-2008 01:21 AM

Beautiful example of a bow back Windsor, Ken. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 10-22-2008 03:22 AM

Kenn, another wonderful chair.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#6 posted 10-22-2008 08:35 AM

Beautiful chair, well done.


-- Woody, UK

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F Dudak

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#7 posted 10-22-2008 05:27 PM

Sir Ken,

Another beauty! What a great way to spend a week! God I love making Windsors!

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 10-22-2008 07:27 PM

Great craftsmanship, I especially like seeing the tool marks in the hand carved seat.

You can see the sweat equity that you put into it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#9 posted 10-23-2008 04:53 AM

The gouges in the seat are a great touch!

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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#10 posted 10-25-2008 08:07 PM

You can see how old windsors got rounded over in the front after 200 years of use, I’ve only been using this chair 2 years and it’s already dinged up across the front. I was upset with the first ding, but now realize it is just regular use. I didn’t realize you would be able to see them so well in these pictures.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#11 posted 11-16-2008 04:05 AM

Hi Ken,

You rock! I’m back in the States, and gonna get pluggin’ on that Boston side chair. Promise!

BTW—got myself a bona-fide pommel knife. Now my seats will definitely be better!


-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#12 posted 11-27-2010 05:35 PM


Wonderful. You have done something I have always wanted to to take a course and build a windsor chair. I’m jealous. I fell in love with Thomas Moser’s continuous arm chair many years ago and hoped one day I could build one but I would easily settle for any other design. Could be a goal for next year. I love your chair and appreciate that you took the time to do this.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#13 posted 11-27-2010 05:44 PM

That is a very nice Windsor and you must be very proud of it and you should be.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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