Sackback Windsor chair

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Project by HenryH posted 10-19-2010 04:11 AM 1846 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Red Oak, Pine, Maple
Pitch Black Milk Paint

I had the opportunity to attend Mike Dunbar’s Windsor Institute for a Sackback workshop. It was fun to spend a week in the shop with other enthusiastic and like minded woodworkers.
The chairs are traditionally made with hand tools like a drawknife, spokeshave and adz and three different types of wood. The bow and arm are steam bent Red Oak. Spindles are hand shaved from Red Oak blanks. White Pine for the seat and hard Maple for the turnings. The chair is finished with two coats of Pitch Black Milk paint.

-- HenryH - PA

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#1 posted 10-19-2010 04:16 AM

You did a very nice job on that. A beautiful chair! I hope you’re proud of it.


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#2 posted 10-19-2010 04:32 AM

It must be cool to take a class with mike he’s been doing chairs for a very long time.
Very nice chair

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 10-19-2010 02:01 PM

Beautiful Windsor chair. Nice job.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 10-19-2010 04:10 PM

Great looking chair Henry!!! My 11 year old son and I were there in July and I do miss it when I’m away. I have been to several classes so it was great to take my son and have him revel in the experience. Enjoy your chair and make more right away while it is still fresh in your head.

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

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#5 posted 10-19-2010 04:18 PM

That is a beautiful chair and you did a great job on it. I’ll bet that you had fun at that his school and also learned a lot. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 10-20-2010 05:51 PM

Exquisite! You must be delighted with your antique of the future.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#7 posted 10-25-2010 08:07 AM

I’ve been out of town for a week and haven’t been checking lumberjocks. I come home , log on and see my friend, Fred (F Dudak), had commented on your chair. It is a great chair and all of your fellow Dunbar chairmakers encourage you to keep making them. My real comment tho’ is that I’ve look at your body of work tonight, and it is fantastic. I especially admire the tiger maple desk, probably since I’m working in tiger right now. Anyway, nice job on all of the pieces.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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