Continuous Arm Windsor

It’s the classic American continuous arm Windsor chair! First made in New York City in the late 18th century, the continuous arm’s one-piece back with its compound bend is an American design innovation.

Emphasis will be placed on learning skills and techniques that you can take home with you (of course you get your chair too). All aspects of the chair building process will be covered in detail, except for turning and finishing. I have no secrets and am happy to answer all questions as time permits.

Backs and spindles will be riven from oak logs and seats will be carved from a single piece of white pine. Due to time limitations, the turned parts (legs, stretches, arm stumps) will be provided. At the class’s end, the chairs will be assembled and ready for you to finish at home.

Class size is limited to four students. All tools and materials are provided, plus you get a set of Curtis Buchanan’s plans for your chair. No prior experience of any kind is needed to attend the class. Amazingly delicious lunches are provided by a local chef.

A $200 deposit is required to register. If written cancellation is received up to two months before the class start date, a 50% refund will be provided. Within two months no refund is offered.

CONTINUOUS ARM CHAIR, May 11th to 16th, 2020 – $1500

CONTINUOUS ARM CHAIR, August 24th to 29th, 2020 – $1500

CONTINUOUS ARM CHAIR, November 16th to 21st, 2020 – $1500

If the class you want is full, don’t despair! Cancellations might happen, so email me to be added to the waitlist.


"I have been making Windsor chairs for 7 years and sell at craft shows. I came hoping to learn a few new techniques and left with a completely new method of chair making that will greatly improve the quality of my chairs."
– Doug McAvoy

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