Windsor - Continuous Arm Chair

Presented by Jon Grant

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This ‘Continuous Arm Windsor Chair’ is the most iconic of all American Windsors and in my opinion the most beautiful and well balanced. Chair making in general offers no greater challenge to most furniture makers. It represents the pinnacle of furniture making skills. It also provides a great opportunity to explore the wonderful world of ‘green woodworking’ and its many facets.

Arguably, the most successful chair ever designed, the Windsor Chair both in England and America dominated the furniture landscape for well over 150 years. Still to this day, in both countries, the Windsor Chair enjoys immense popularity. Although not as well known here in Australia, the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking hope to expose as many people as possible to the brilliance of the Windsor Chair. Its unique design will astound you.

You will learn to use proficiently all the unique tools associated with making a Windsor Chair. For example, a spoke shave, a draw knife, a compass and travisher plane or a scorp. You will learn to mill and shape the seat. We will also show you how to ‘steam bend’ the crest rail and finish the chair in natural Danish Oil, Shellac or traditional Milk Paint imported from The USA.

This chair provides a great challenge to those who have already completed a ‘Perch Stool’, ‘Fan Back Windsor Chair’ and/or ‘Balloon Back Windsor Chair.’ This 7 day course gives us ample time to fully complete the chair and apply a couple of coats of finish.

Nothing is more satisfying than successfully completing such a unique and beautiful project, an heirloom that will be treasured for generations to come!

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What you will learn
  • How to use proficiently all the unique tools associated with making a Windsor Chair
What you will get
  • The completion of a unique and beautiful project

What to bring
  • Nothing! All materials are included.
What to wear

Casual clothing (It can get quite dusty)

Appropriate for

From Beginners to advance

The Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking was founded by Alastair Boell in 2007. After graduating from the world renowned North Bennet Street School, Boston (USA) Alastair felt that there was a great need in Australia for an educational facility that focuses on traditional skills.

The Guild is committed to preserving and advancing craft traditions in furniture making. We are also committed to promoting a greater awareness and appreciation ofcraftsmanship. In our classes we emphasize the skillful use of hand tools and power equipment and an informed use of appropriate materials. We are passionate about what we do and want to share information, ideas and skills with all our students young and old, from beginner to advanced.

The Guild offers 13 Open Courses a week where students are able to bring in their own projects. Also during the year on a regular basis we offer a number of short intensive classes on varying woodworking topics. Our student to teacher ratios are very low with a maximum of 8 students in the open classes.

The school itself is conveniently located two minutes from the Blackburn Rd exit off the Eastern Freeway. Parking is readily available right at the school’s door.We promise to do our very best to provide you with endless opportunities in a stimulating and supportive community.

We invite you to take your place at the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking.

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Refund & Cancellation Policy

Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking requires 1 month's notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  

Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 1 month of the event commencing, unless we are able to replace the booking. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 1 month cut off, email Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking to organise a refund or transfer

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Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking or organised by Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking.


I agree to give Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking classes and events or on Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking's premises. (For use of Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking marketing materials).


Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. 


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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