The Art of Woodworking: Classic American Furniture - Free PDF

The origin of Windsor is ancient history. Their antecedents can be attributed to the Egyptians, where tomb drawings of the 18th Dynasty depict workmen sitting on three-legged hand-hewn stools socketed to a plank seat. The reason for the name Windsor is something of an enigma, but the most logical explanation is that they were named during the first decade of the 18th Century after the English town of Windsor, whose beech trees provided a plentiful supply of raw material for legs and other turned parts.

Windsor chair making started as a cottage industry in England during 1720s, but soon became an important factory-based operation, employing hundreds of workers, centered in the town of High Wycombe. Although the first Windsor in America were chairs imported from England, Philadelphia chair makers almost immediately capitalized on this popular new form of easily made seating. Their one-man shops expanded into large factories.


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