Philadelphia arm chair

One of the earlier forms of windsor furniture with a large D shaped seat, ball and cylinder feet and carved volutes at the ends of the crest rail.


18th Century Guy said...

Beautiful work Herman, not only this chair but the other furniture on your site, I'm envious. I am about to build a similar chair (page 12 of Kassay's book) and would like to know if you used this pattern and if so did you alter any dimensions to address Kassay's comments regarding the width of the crest rail or thickness of the arm rail?

Dave Brodie

Herman Veenendaal said...

Hi Dave,

I used some of Kassay's dimensions, but found the slope of the arm from front to back too severe so I made the height at the arm post about 10.5 inches and at the back about 9.5 inches. Its visually more pleasing. I made the arm 5/8 inch thick as I found Kassay's too thick. I tapered the underside of the handholds to make it appear thinner. The crest rail is 2 13/16 wide at the center and 1 3/4 inch at its narrowest.

I also modified slightly the leg turnings, specifically the vase turning above the cylinder, making it more bulbous and making the vase shape a bit longer. I also lengthened the feet slightly as they are quite worn on all the examples I have seen. The chair I referenced the most would be the Gilpin chair shown in Santore's book.

Otherwise it wasn't a difficult chair to make. It is a bit large but I always wanted one of these.

Good luck with it,


Anonymous said...

I would like to know if you sell step by step instruction on how to paint a windsor stool. I love the old worn look of the windsor chairs. your work is beautiful. thank you anne marie

Herman Veenendaal said...

Hello Anne Marie,

If you send me your email address I will send instructions on how to do this.