The compound bent, single piece of wood that forms the back and
arms on continuous-bow Windsor armchair attracts more attention
than all other Windsor chair forms. First made in New York City
about 1790, it is truly an exclusive American design innovation
and represents a high point in the craft of chair-making.
The compound bends on the continuous-bow armchair are produced
out of one long narrow piece of wood, steamed and bent to shape
in a form.
The arm spindles are rived or split with the wood grain from a
log. The result is a very strong spindle, yet it has the appearance
of being very delicate.
Available with bamboo-style or New York-style turnings on the
legs, stretchers and arm spindle. The hand holds are spoon-shaped.
Many different types of wood can be used:
Legs: Oak, Cherry, Maple
Seat: Oak, Cherry, Walnut, Pine, Mahogany
Bow, Arms, Spindles: Red Oak, White Oak
Black over Red Milk Paint
Although the chairs were originally painted various colors, today
some people enjoy an oil finish that displays the beauty of the
wood. Both finishes are offered.
These chairs are handmade using the same methods used over 200
Price: $800.00 each for chairs with milk paint.
$950 plus for natural finish on Cherry, Oak, Mahogany, etc.
Other Windsor Chair designs available.
Oak with oil finish