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UPDATE: Windsor Chairmaking by James Mursell

comments (88) April 17th, 2012 in blogs

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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Windsor Chairmaking by James Mursell
The Crowood Press, Ltd., 2009.
$49.95; 176 pp.

Windsor Chairmaking  by James Mursell is written for a broad audience - those with Windsor chairmaking experience and those who want to give it a try. The book covers the history of the chairs and provides information on the materials and tools needed to build them. Also included are detailed plans for four different chairs (two English and two American). This is a pretty book loaded with color photos and line illustrations.

Lucky IndyMac is the winner. His comment was chosen at random and he gets the copy of the book.

Check back often for more giveaways.



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Comments (88)

IndyMac IndyMac writes: Got it this morning and have responded.
Posted: 10:16 am on April 19th

BetsyE BetsyE writes: IndyMac: I sent you an email so I could send you the book. Did you get it? --Betsy Engel, FWW editorial bengel@taunton.com
Posted: 8:37 am on April 19th

IndyMac IndyMac writes: great I won! how do i get the book?
Posted: 5:54 pm on April 18th

TurkeyCanyon TurkeyCanyon writes: Maybe I'll want to take the course in West Sussex!
Posted: 2:40 pm on April 15th

jsimp2861 jsimp2861 writes: Would love to learn how to make a comfortable chair to sit in.
Need to do more woodworking and less fixing.
Posted: 10:59 pm on April 14th

user-433980 user-433980 writes: Chair making is a great way to learn the use of hand tools! Looks like an interesting book!
Posted: 7:21 pm on April 14th

docthos docthos writes: Chairs are fun, and Windsor chairs are more fun than most. The cost of materials is small, you get to use lots of sharp things, and you start with your backside first. Last, it's learning by doing; or more accurately, trying and retrying; just like everything else.
Posted: 3:27 pm on April 14th

MS_Jay MS_Jay writes: Never made a chair, would love to try.
Posted: 1:42 pm on April 14th

BoisDormant BoisDormant writes: I never build a chair before. This book would be a great opportunity to learn.
Posted: 10:58 am on April 14th

gastrout gastrout writes: This would look great in my library and something I would like to try.
Posted: 8:08 am on April 14th

jem4752 jem4752 writes: I would love to learn more about making Windsor chairs. Also how these techniques could be applied to other woodworking projects.
Posted: 7:45 am on April 14th

Steviegwood Steviegwood writes: This would be a great addition to my library.
Posted: 7:06 am on April 14th

pureamerican pureamerican writes: I would love to learn.
Posted: 6:32 am on April 14th

JBod JBod writes: English vs American which way is better?
Posted: 6:28 am on April 14th

KenHANGITALL KenHANGITALL writes: Would love a chance to win this great book.
Posted: 11:07 pm on April 13th

WileyR WileyR writes: Would love to learn chair making.
Posted: 7:39 pm on April 13th

UseWoodWisely UseWoodWisely writes: I would enjoy this book, but would also like to see a similar book for making unique & exquisite rocking chairs.
Posted: 5:11 pm on April 13th

Greywolfnsl Greywolfnsl writes: Pick Me!!
Posted: 12:22 am on April 13th

ISAF2007 ISAF2007 writes: definitely count me in
Posted: 9:53 am on April 12th

mjw19641 mjw19641 writes: Looks like it would be amazing.

Posted: 9:23 am on April 12th

D_B_Cooper D_B_Cooper writes: Giveaways are a great idea. A person can never have too many resources.
Posted: 7:55 am on April 12th

DrWatson DrWatson writes: This would fit well with my ambitions. I want to make useful items for our home and Windsor chairs would be great additions.
Posted: 12:24 am on April 12th

jldevries jldevries writes: Never made a chair could be fun
Posted: 9:57 pm on April 11th

noocher noocher writes: i bought a seat blank but chickened out maybe if i win the book i'll see the light!
Posted: 7:56 pm on April 11th

bentonkb bentonkb writes: I have Dunbar's book and will get around to making a windsor some day.
Posted: 4:01 pm on April 11th

professorss professorss writes: You should do giveaways every month, especially ones tha treat more advanced topics.
Posted: 3:30 pm on April 11th

ggaul2001 ggaul2001 writes: Great idea.....and looks like a great book too. Hope I win...lol!
Posted: 2:01 pm on April 11th

GaryMGg GaryMGg writes: Always wanted to build a windsor chair.
Posted: 12:48 pm on April 11th

TrippRegister TrippRegister writes: I would enjoy the book.
Posted: 11:37 am on April 11th

Kennando Kennando writes: Would love to win this. I have been wanting to try my hand at making a Windsor for some time now...
Posted: 11:37 am on April 11th

andpeo23 andpeo23 writes: This looks like a great book, thanks for the contest!
Posted: 11:19 am on April 11th

martz8899 martz8899 writes: It looks like a colorful book to look at and read. I would love to learn how to build a windsor chair. Was thinking of taking a class to learn how.


Posted: 10:48 am on April 11th

Dean7 Dean7 writes: Looks like a wonderful book. I don't have any books on chair making. I've always been interested in the construction of a Windsor chairs.
Posted: 9:32 am on April 11th

TIMOTHYPATRICK TIMOTHYPATRICK writes: another book i can pick something up from
Posted: 5:58 am on April 11th

bastrop bastrop writes: I always wanted to try building one of these.
Posted: 4:34 am on April 11th

mikesshop mikesshop writes: my dad had a person build some and now i'm ready for building 25 years later for my Bday 04 26
Posted: 10:46 pm on April 10th

Circuit Rider Circuit Rider writes: To finish my masters in Woodworking I need to build a chair. This would be very helpful.
Posted: 10:44 pm on April 10th

paultxsa paultxsa writes: I need to build some of these...
Posted: 9:03 pm on April 10th

Nitreug Nitreug writes: This is pretty cool. I'll make sure to check the blogs more often!
Posted: 7:49 pm on April 10th

Nitreug Nitreug writes: This is pretty cool. I'll make sure to check the blogs more often!
Posted: 7:46 pm on April 10th

mika mika writes: I WAS JUST BROWSING FOR WINDSOR CHAIR IDEAS AND WHAT SHOULD POP UP BUT THE PERFECT BOOK AND IT'S BEING GIVEN AWAY. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THIS BOOK FOR MY FIRST ATTEMPT AT CHAIR MAKING.
Thanks, Tom Ford
Posted: 6:56 pm on April 10th

IndyMac IndyMac writes: i want that book!
Posted: 5:32 pm on April 10th

herbertplace herbertplace writes: Do you think this book will help me master all the various techniques required to be as good as the brilliant Sam Maloof ? If nothing else I can dream .
Posted: 5:20 pm on April 10th

cahudson42 cahudson42 writes: Another hat in the ring..
Posted: 3:20 pm on April 10th

WiseGuy81 WiseGuy81 writes: Well, later this year I am going to make a Dinning table...I am pretty sure that will lead in this direction. I would be much obliged to get any help I can get. Thanks.
Posted: 11:56 am on April 10th

bigjon_175 bigjon_175 writes: Seems like an interesting book.
Posted: 10:30 am on April 10th

jwlwoodworks jwlwoodworks writes: Looksverryinterestimg
Posted: 8:40 am on April 10th

jschurz jschurz writes: Make me a winner!
Posted: 9:19 pm on April 9th

ohiocarpenter ohiocarpenter writes: Plan on building a set of these this summer...
Posted: 9:04 pm on April 9th

TylerJones TylerJones writes: I'll take it.
Posted: 8:21 pm on April 9th

sj1222 sj1222 writes: DEFINITELEY! Interested in this book. Windsor are the most confortable chairs.
Posted: 5:05 pm on April 9th

jeffreyi jeffreyi writes: Nice Book!

Posted: 4:55 pm on April 9th

BA3 BA3 writes: Looks like a great addition to the old woodworking bookshelf -- and a source of inspiration.
Posted: 1:52 pm on April 9th

wanta_b wanta_b writes: Interested in seeing if the author has material on updated versions of the windsor. See Curtis Buchanan's work for examples of traditional and updated.
Posted: 1:26 pm on April 9th

dcp dcp writes: A Windsor Chair is on "the list" of projects that I'd love to try.
Posted: 9:47 am on April 9th

Aldastar Aldastar writes: This contest rocks! (pun intended)
Posted: 9:45 am on April 9th

benito benito writes: want want want
Posted: 9:42 am on April 9th

ahuse1984 ahuse1984 writes: i am intereseted in making some chairs
Posted: 9:36 am on April 9th

rmpater rmpater writes: I have always looked forward to making some Windsor chairs, the book looks like it would help!
Posted: 9:29 am on April 9th

tsangell tsangell writes: I've got a set of these on the honey-do list.
Posted: 9:18 am on April 9th

JLYoung JLYoung writes: A windsor chair is deffinitely on my bucket list. Please count me in.
Posted: 9:09 am on April 9th

rpeowen2 rpeowen2 writes: Looks interesting.
Posted: 8:58 am on April 9th

DanLip DanLip writes: ok
Posted: 8:30 am on April 9th

user-290123 user-290123 writes: I need a place to sit.
Posted: 8:22 am on April 9th

Mark Hulette Mark Hulette writes: I, too, would LOVE to win this book. Windsors are classic and a part of early American history!
Posted: 7:02 am on April 9th

mclynn mclynn writes: I have started to read up on building chairs and rockers, this book would be a great help.
Posted: 3:54 am on April 9th

allister allister writes: This looks like a useful book.
Posted: 1:07 am on April 9th

sloanworks sloanworks writes: Need it
Posted: 12:53 am on April 9th

JohnMcPhail JohnMcPhail writes: I am almost tooled up for this project and could really use this book.
Posted: 11:32 pm on April 8th

Red_F Red_F writes: comment

Posted: 10:26 pm on April 8th

Jamul Jamul writes: Looks like a great book!!

Posted: 10:06 pm on April 8th

Bob_Ottawa Bob_Ottawa writes: To make a Windsor chair is like graduating from university. I'm still "going to school" but I'd live to learn from this book.
Posted: 9:32 pm on April 8th

the_wild_lucy the_wild_lucy writes: Great book and delighted to enjoy it.
Posted: 9:28 pm on April 8th

mclark561 mclark561 writes: I would love to win this book. I love Windsor Chairs.
Posted: 8:54 pm on April 8th

marshville01 marshville01 writes: It would be a great addition to woodworking library for a amateur who would challenge himself to try building a chair.

Posted: 8:07 pm on April 8th

TedP TedP writes: I'm in for a chance at it.


Posted: 7:41 pm on April 8th

Larrythewoodguy Larrythewoodguy writes: Cant have enough chair books.
Posted: 7:39 pm on April 8th

Mike54 Mike54 writes: My Windsor chair making reminds me of Mel Gibson in the Patriot. I could use the book.
Posted: 6:37 pm on April 8th

Mike54 Mike54 writes: My Windsor chair making reminds me of Mel Gibson in the Patriot. I could use the book.
Posted: 6:37 pm on April 8th

BSzydlo BSzydlo writes: Count me in to the drawing, this sounds like a wonderful book.
Posted: 5:29 pm on April 8th

jonquinn jonquinn writes: I'd like to win this one. I've recently started building windsor chairs.
Posted: 5:01 pm on April 8th

jsfarmboy jsfarmboy writes: comment
Posted: 4:35 pm on April 8th

bobandsally bobandsally writes: Put my name in the hat. I have made a few and they are challenging so any help is good.
Posted: 3:42 pm on April 8th

Chert Chert writes: I wold love to win this book.
Posted: 3:31 pm on April 8th

bennygred bennygred writes: I would love to learn more about these chairs and try to make one too.
Posted: 2:50 pm on April 8th

WoodworkersGuide WoodworkersGuide writes: I'm in the process of building a Hal Taylor rocker right now and next I plan on building some Windsors. This book looks like a great place to start!
Posted: 2:00 pm on April 8th

eteitelbaum eteitelbaum writes: Never made one, would love to try!
Posted: 1:50 pm on April 8th

GlenRoseBud GlenRoseBud writes: I just completed repair of an old "Sack Back Windsor" and discovered how dificult it is to bend wood. I would love to win this book.
Posted: 1:43 pm on April 8th

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