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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb guide
Windsor chairs are mostly only thought of today in the context of standard pub furniture or reliably robust kitchen seating. Industrial production has all but hidden the essential nature of the hand crafted Windsor that was much in demand for its practical elegance and simplicity on both sides of the Atlantic in the 18th and 19th centuries.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An nteresting, but idiosyncratic view of Windsor chairmaking
An intrestesting but somewhat idiosyncratic book on Windsor Charmaking. I would reccomend reading other authors on the subject before commencing chairmaking.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb guide, 23 Jan. 2010
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This review is from: Windsor Chairmaking (Hardcover)
Windsor chairs are mostly only thought of today in the context of standard pub furniture or reliably robust kitchen seating. Industrial production has all but hidden the essential nature of the hand crafted Windsor that was much in demand for its practical elegance and simplicity on both sides of the Atlantic in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Today there are comparatively few professional chairmakers who specialise in designing and making this type of chair by hand and passing on their skills and knowledge to others. However James Mursell is one of these and he has distilled much of his wide experience into this book. As the title suggests the emphasis is on 'making' and there are detailed plans for four types of Windsors supported by practical instructions, hints and tips. These are accompanied by excellent photographs illustrating the techniques that James uses and encourages readers to try for themselves.
However this is more than just a 'recipe book'. As well as a brief historical overview of the development of the Windsor chair in America and the UK, there is a section devoted to a detailed analysis of what can be learnt from careful examination of a superb 18th century armchair. Another chapter gives an introduction to the implications of Windsor chair design.
This comprehensive and helpful book reflects James' gifts as a craftsman, a teacher and an all round enthusiast for this style of furniture.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An nteresting, but idiosyncratic view of Windsor chairmaking, 31 Jan. 2015
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An intrestesting but somewhat idiosyncratic book on Windsor Charmaking. I would reccomend reading other authors on the subject before commencing chairmaking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every would-be chair maker,, 4 Dec. 2013
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All you need to know about making Windsor chairs, well illustrated, step by step photographs, plans and instructions, great buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... - if you are making chairs this is an excellent reference with very good, 24 July 2014
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The bible of chairmaking - if you are making chairs this is an excellent reference with very good illustrations
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4.0 out of 5 stars Winsdor chair makeing, 10 Mar. 2010
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Good book lots of info but not that clear how to make the chair with out going on the course.
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