indsor Chairs originated in England around 1720. This has been noted in several publications: Wallace Nutting, Windsor Chairs; Charles Santore, The Windsor Style in America; Nancy Goyne Evans, American Windsor Chairs. Windsor chairs were used both as an indoor chair as well as an outdoor chair. They can be a simple bamboo stick design used for daily seating or an elaborate Comb Back Writing Chair for occasional use. The Windsor Chair style migrated to America from England around 1730 during the quest for religious freedom. In the evolution process from English Windsor Chairs to American Windsor Chairs, several changes in design occurred. Cabriole legs were replaced by tapered through the seat turned legs and spindles replaced back splats. These distinct changes defined the American Windsor design.

The American Windsor design has stood the test of time due to their construction techniques. They consist of a centerpiece, a single plank seat bottom approximately 2" thick, tapered leg sockets, and a steam bent chair back which are both secured into this seat bottom. It is these techniques I duplicate in the construction of American Windsor Chairs.


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