3-4 view of the windsor bowback side chair

Windsor Bowback Side Chair

Front view of the windsor bowback side chair

Pete E. Michelinie Fine Furniture
of South Pomfret

The back of the chair is made from a piece of steam-bent Ash.  Each of the seven spindles is fit to extend through the back, then wedges are driven in to secure this joint and it is sawn flush.  The texture of this joint show through the layers of dye and milk paint.

An incredible amount of the work on these chairs is done with hand tools.  You can see the evidence of this in the textures and facets created by the tools on the hand carved seat.

The Windsor Bowback Side Chair is made of Ash (backs and spindles), Maple (legs and stretchers) and Pine (seats).  The Ash and Maple need to be green, and so I felled the trees for these chairs myself here in Vermont.

A well built Windsor chair is a brilliant study in wood technology- utilizing the natural expansions and contractions of wood to create a secure and long lasting chair.  Modern re-creations tend to cut corners on the style of joinery used, but these chairs here follow the time tested techniques of the traditional method.

The chairs are finished with Chagga dye, milk paint, and an oil based varnish.

Dimensions: 20" wide x 20" deep x 32" tall

Price: $1,080 ea. if ordered as a set of at least six.

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