Curved Continuous Arm Windsor Settee

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Project by Caleb James posted 12-30-2012 at 02:53 AM 1844 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a curved seat continuous arm settee. It has a steam bent under carriage as well to match the flow of the seat and arm bow. It is made completely in the traditional way. Milk paint finish.
This piece took home the ribbon for “Best Traditional” and “Turner’s Choice” award for the 2012 Texas Furniture Makers Show.


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#1 posted 12-30-2012 at 03:16 AM

Congrats on the awards. It is a great looking chair, crisp turnings. I really like the turning pattern’s baluster look with the deep ring. Thanks for sharing.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#2 posted 12-30-2012 at 03:20 AM

Don W asked “what do you not know?” this is my answer. Absolutly awsome and really cool besides. Congrats, honestly envious of your skill

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#3 posted 12-30-2012 at 03:39 AM

Fantastic. The turnings are striking.

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#4 posted 12-30-2012 at 03:43 AM

I can sure see why you took a ribbon.beautiful settee .

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 12-30-2012 at 04:30 AM

Thanks Fellas, I really enjoyed making this piece. I wish I got more work in this style.


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#6 posted 12-30-2012 at 04:34 AM

By the way the turning pattern is very close to what my buddy Peter Galbert does. He has a pattern on his Blog at Just search “baluster” in the blogger search bar of his page and it will come up. You can print it out.


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#7 posted 12-30-2012 at 04:35 AM

Truly a work of art, and how fortunate we are, to be able to see this marvellous piece.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#8 posted 12-30-2012 at 11:03 AM

Very impressive work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#9 posted 12-30-2012 at 04:59 PM

Someday I’m going to make me one or two of these…
Very nice!

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#10 posted 12-30-2012 at 05:08 PM

Beautiful, a real classic

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#11 posted 12-30-2012 at 08:02 PM

Though this is an original design by me the heart of this design comes from the work of Curtis Buchanan, and Peter Galbert makes a similar piece, though not curved. I have worked with and continue to do some work with them and appreciate their influence on me with regard to windsor chairs. There is no one better to learn from or work with than these two guys when it comes to windsors. I recommend taking a course with them if anyone gets a chance to.


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#12 posted 12-30-2012 at 08:03 PM

If any one wants to make a settee like this I will be putting the plans together eventually in a PDF file for download.


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#13 posted 12-30-2012 at 11:17 PM

Looks beautiful, I agree the turnings are great!

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#14 posted 12-31-2012 at 12:33 AM

I have seen steam bending of tradional round back Windsor chairs but I have never seen the 2 dimensional bend making up the arms. I would think the form takes longer to make than the actual bending process. They say chair making is the epitomy of woodworking skills. I think you’ve mastered it Peter is a great teacher

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#15 posted 12-31-2012 at 02:23 AM

simply beautiful!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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