Windsor Chairs

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Project by Ron Messersmith posted 02-24-2012 08:40 PM 1066 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I make Windsor Chairs in 7 styles. The 3 here are: a writing arm comb back, a fan back rocker, and a child’s rocker. I have attended most of Mike Dunbar Windsor Institute classes back in the 1980’s. Since I move to the West coast, I haven’t found a very good market for the style. Seems to be poplar on the east coast. But I still make them because I love the style and the engineering that goes into their design.

-- Jupiter

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#1 posted 02-24-2012 08:45 PM

Beautiful beautiful chairs ,Mike’s a real master and so are you. Top notch high quality work.

-- Custom furniture

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Ron Messersmith

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#2 posted 02-24-2012 08:56 PM

Hi Jim,

Thanks again for the nice comments. I visited your web site and it appears we have a lot in common. You are blessed with a family that is so directly involved with your love of woodworking. Unfortunately, I do not have any children buy my wife, Tomie, is also directly involved witih our business. She does all the stuff I don’t like doing: stripping, finishing, chair caning, fiber rush work, ect. (I do help her out with the stripping and finishing a little!)
I wish I was a little closer and I’d sign up for some of your classes. I’m always looking for an excuse to get away from the shop each year. Normally, I attend wood turning classes in Provo, Utah with Dale Nish. It’s on my way to Texas (visit my Mom each year).

Keep up your good work,


-- Jupiter

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#3 posted 02-24-2012 10:08 PM

I can’t spell the word I want to use (exquisite?), really like the chairs as Jim said you are a master

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 02-24-2012 11:20 PM

Absolutely beautiful cahirs…..I love the first design

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#5 posted 02-25-2012 12:49 PM

Grand chairs. i have made& sold windsor & shaker chairs for over 25 yrs. I have never made one with a writing arm. I don’t know where you are exactly, but I sold mine to tourists (mostly) to put in their cabins. if you have vacation spots nearby, you might sell some there. The folks I sold to loved the shaker rockers best, but did buy windsor for their dining tables.

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#6 posted 02-25-2012 01:21 PM

I am not worthy…lol…..just awesome craftsmenship! This is work to aspire to for a newbie like me…thanks for the post.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#7 posted 02-25-2012 08:50 PM

Ron, those are beautiful chairs. I have read Mike’s book and have a newfound appreciation for windsor chairs. I live on the west coast and agree, it’s not as popular- until they sit in one!

Again, job well done.

-- I never finish anyth

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#8 posted 03-03-2012 01:38 AM

Your chairs are fabulous. There is suchnice detail in these chairs, that I haven not seen befreoe (or perhaps appreciated). I really like the style of the child rocker. I have not tried making a Windsor style chair yet, but will certainly add it to my list. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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