Continuous Arm Windsor Chair

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Project by F Dudak posted 08-24-2009 04:07 AM 2945 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello All,

I went to visit the Windsor Institute in Hampton NH again, this time to make a Continuous Arm Windsor. A great time was had by all and once again I was not disappointed by using this time as a family vacation. The weather couldn’t have been better to be near the beach, so my wife and boys had a great time as well.
This is not my favorite Windsor but it is hard to argue with the beauty of this chair. This chair is difficult because of the complex bend invovled with making the arm. There was only one complete failure out of 18 bends. There are spare completed arms available for just such a situation. The carving of a shield seat has you wondering if you are ever going to be able to make it look like the model chair.There is so much material that has to be removed to make the front of the seat look so wafer thin. The seat has to be studied to be able to duplicate the symmetry. Just when you think you have the seat complete you notice a sublte difference and feel the need to struggle to attain perfection. I loved every minute of it.

I have already made arrangements to return to the Institute in April to build a NYC bow back. Hope you enjoy the chair as much as I enjoyed building it.

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

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#1 posted 08-24-2009 04:13 AM

As always, Fred—you’re an inspiration!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#2 posted 08-24-2009 04:21 AM

Looks great Fred

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 08-24-2009 01:56 PM

Your skills and ability are really shown in this chair. The curved back looks to be something that would take a lifetime to master and you have done it well.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 08-24-2009 02:07 PM

Hey Fred, Nice chair!! I have to agree that really was a fun and challenging class. Do they get any easier after making 5-6 of them? I’m undecided about a class for next year the NYC bow back would match the continuous arm, but I really like the Boston Fan back. Maybe I’ll see you in April ??

Nice job, Soon to be “Sir” Fred. Keep up the good work.

-- Mark,

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Rev. Jim Paulson

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#5 posted 08-24-2009 02:49 PM

Hi Fred,

The chair is beautiful and the arm looks great. Thanks for posting it. I hope to see you in the NYC bowback class.

Take care,


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#6 posted 08-24-2009 03:05 PM

Very nice work

-- David '65

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#7 posted 08-25-2009 04:13 AM

Awesome work. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#8 posted 08-25-2009 04:04 PM

Your pictures put a smile on my face since the background brings me fond memories of my times at the Windsor Institute. Nice looking chair and I’m sure your family enjoyed your time in NH.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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F Dudak

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#9 posted 08-25-2009 09:48 PM

Thanks for all the kind words I really appreciate it.

Building a piece of heirloom furniture with hand tools that will be used for generations is the greatest reward for your efforts.

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

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#10 posted 09-12-2009 11:16 PM

This chair is one of the most difficult and yet the most beautiful chairs windsor, here in Spain there are institutes that teach us to manufacture them, maybe someday I dare publishes some work on my chairs for your feedback windsor.gracias

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