Last week I started on my next miniature chair, which is to be the sack-back, or double bow, Windsor. I have six books, plus a web download, of sack-back working drawings, some with just the scaled drawings and some with text that describes to a greater or lesser extent the process of making full size chairs using traditional tools and methods.
Which should I use?
Spreading out the seven variations I see that they are all very similar except that each of the authors, all of whom are/were themselves chair makers, made their chairs based on models from different times and places in the USA. One difference stood out, however : some of the chairs had baluster turnings (the leftmost of the two shapes), and some had later, 1780s, bamboo style turnings (the other one), which is what I went for. I decided to use Mike Dunbar's book Make a Windsor Chair. Mike, who I only know through his writing, is a long time teacher and maker of Windsor chairs
Sources of Sack-back Windsor Chair Working Drawings
-Make a Windsor Chair - Mike Dunbar - Popular Woodworking Books,2013
-Windsor Chairmaking - James Mursell - The Crowood Press, 2015
-Classic American Furniture - Time Life,
-Measured Drawings of 18th Century American Furniture - Ejner Handberg - Countryman Press,1993
-The Chairmaker's Workshop - Drew Langsner - Lark Books,2001
-Chairmaking Simplified - Kerry Pierce - Popular Woodworking Books,2008
-The Book of American Windsor Furniture - University of Massachusetts Press,1998
-A Classic Windsor Chair - Woodarchivist.com