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Online Videos on Windsor Chairmaking

YouTube offers videos on Windsor chairmaking, tool sharpening etc.  
We have listed a couple we found useful . Please feel free to suggest more or report broken links.


Curtis Buchanan videos on making a comb-back Windsor (YouTube)
Peter Galbert chairmaking and woodworking techniques
Elia Bizzarri builds a Windsor rocker on Woodwright's Shop.  Episode 1 and Episode 2



American Painted Furniture
Cynthia V. A. Schaffner & Susan Klein, 1997, Random House, 223 pages.  Display of clocks, Windsor chairs, gilded looking glasses, pier tables, and klismos chairs by region. Illustrated with more than three hundred photographs. Special sections explain painting and gilding techniques, and there is an appendix with a source directory and a glossary of terms.

American Windsor Chairs
Nancy Goyne Evans, 1996, Hudson Hill Press, 744 pages.  Comprehensive history of windsor chairs with extensive photographs.

American Windsor Furniture: Specialized Forms
Nancy Goyne Evans,1998, Hudson Hill Press, 240 pages.   A continuation of the in-depth study of windsor style, including specialty items, rockers, settees and more.

The Art of Chair-Making
Kerry Pierce, 1998, Sterling Publishing, 144 pages.  Directions for Windsor, post & rung & ladderback.

The Book of American Windsor Furniture
John Kassay, 1998, UofMA Press, 208 pages.  A concise history of Windsor furniture styles with numerous black & white photos. Measured drawings of over 30 Windsor projects makes this a real reference for chairmakers.

The Chairmaker's Workshop: Handcrafting Windsor & Post & Rung Chairs
Drew Langsner, 1997, Lark Press, 352 pages.  Directions & patterns for post & rung & Windsor chairs.  Lots of detail on processes and making the necessary tools. Available with an enlarged pattern set for a sack-back, continuous arm, sack-back settee, bow-back, comb-back.

Country Chair Making
Jack Hill, 1993, Sterling Publishing, 152 pages Directions for stools, ladderbacks, and Windsor chairs with some history.

The English Regional Chair
Bernard D. Cotton, Antique Collector's Club, 2001, 512 pages.  Detailed study of the work of hundreds of craftsmen throughout the country. The evolution of known types and makes. A fascinating account of the development of hundreds of chair types from all over England, and the lives of the craftsmen who produced them: 'Windsor', 'ladder back' and 'spindle back'.

English Windsor Chair
Thomas Crispin, May 1992, 208 pages International Publ. Co. Inc.

English Windsor Chairs: Shire Album 70, Vol. 70
Ivan Sparkes, Paperback, 32pp, July 2001

Make a Windsor Chair with Michael Dunbar
Michael Dunbar, Taunton Press, 1984, 166 pages .

Measured Drawings of 18th Century American Furniture

Traditional Furniture Projects
Taunton Press, 1991, 127 pages. Includes profiles of several New England Windsor chair makers.

Traditional Windsor Chair Making with Jim Rendi
Jim Rendi with Douglas Congdon-Martin, Schiffer Press, 1993, 112 pages. A step by step guide to building a comb back windsor chair from log to completion.

Welsh Stick Chairs: A Workshop Guide to the Windsor Chair
John Brown,1996 Linden Press, 94 pages. Traditional rustic Windsors.

The Windsor Chair: An Illustrated Celebration
Michael Harding-Hill , Hardcover: 208 pages  Publisher: Antique Collectors Club; (September 2003)

The Windsor Chair
T.H. Ormsbee, Deerfield Books, 1962  (out of print)

The Windsor Chair:  An Illustrated Handbook
Wallace Nutting, 2001, Dover Publications,192 pages.  Profusely illustrated book—identifies over 100 different types of Windsor chairs and other furniture. Full-page photos of chairs and furniture. Text describes condition, merit, rarity, date of manufacture, and ownership.

Windsor-chair Making in America: From Craft Shop to Consumer
Nancy Goyne Evans (Hardcover - January 2006), 528 pages, University Press of New England

Windsor Chairmaking
Thomas Moser, 1982, Sterling Press, 192 Pages.  Technique and plans.  (out of print)

 Windsor Chairmaking [Hardcover]
James Mursell, Crowood Press, 2010 - 176 pages The 260-year-old history of Windsor chairs, comparing designs from England and America. Tools, techniques, selection of materials and the sensitive shaping of the components that lead to a fine chair are covered. Detailed plans and measurements for four chairs (two English, two American) are provided with guidance and techniques on how to design a chair from scratch.

A Windsor Handbook: Compromising Illustrations & Descriptions
of Windsor Furniture of All Periods

Wallace Nutting,  Tuttle Press, 1984  (out of print)

The Windsor Style in America, Volumes I & II
Charles Santore, Courage Books,1997, 501 pages.  Elaborately illustrated history of windsor chairs and chairmakers with drawings & photos. Discusses chairmakers & markings as well.

The Woodwright's Apprentice: 20 Favorite Projects from the Woodwright Shop
Roy Underhill, Uof NC Press, 1996, 208 pages.  Includes directions for a revolving Windsor chair.

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