Video: Master class in Windsor chairs
December 14, 2018 | 8:55 am CST
Mike Dunbar has been making Windsor chairs and teaching others about the craft for more than 30 years.

Mike Dunbar, who has been making classic Windsor chairs for more than 30 years, is sharing his expertise in a new video series.

The detailed video series takes you step by step through the process of making a traditional Windsor chair. The first chair in the series is a classic sackback Windsor made the way such chairs were made 250 years ago.

This classic sackback Windsor chair is the first chair in Mike Dunbar’s new video instruction series on making Windsor chairs.

“I hope to record and post all the classes I developed during my two decades at The Windsor Institute,” said Dunbar.

He breaks down the process into segments, each about 25 minutes long, giving a detailed view of every part of the process of building a chair.

“While free for the watching, a video series is expensive,” said Dunbar. “So, my goal is to make this channel self-sufficient - generating advertising revenue that pays to create future content.”

He is also selling books, supplies and other items related to Windsor chair making at his website


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William Sampson is a lifelong woodworker, and he has been an advocate for small-scale entrepreneurs and lean manufacturing since the 1980s. He was the editor of Fine Woodworking magazine in the early 1990s and founded WoodshopBusiness magazine, which he eventually sold and merged with CabinetMaker magazine. He helped found the Cabinet Makers Association in 1998 and was its first executive director. Today, as editor of FDMC magazine he has more than 20 years experience covering the professional woodworking industry. His popular "In the Shop" tool reviews and videos appear monthly in FDMC.