Garrett Aston - Windsor Chairmaker
The woodworkers of the 17th and 18th century and the role they played in the history of our country are where I find my inspiration. Like these long ago craftsmen, I make my chairs one at a time, by hand with traditional hand tools. I make each part of my chairs myself and each chair has it's own unique personality. If you were to look closely at one of my chairs, you would see the individual marks left from the drawknife or spoke shave used to create each piece and how the light plays off each facet. If you were to flip the chair over, you could see the marks of the hand plane in the bottom of the seat. You would also see my signature and it is my hope that some day, maybe some young person might see that signature and wonder about whom created this chair. Maybe it may spark inspiration in a future generation to continue to recreate the past.
Unlike the factory made furniture of today, my chairs are not "mass produced" and are meant to be passed down from one generation to the next. My chairs, as with all of my furniture, are also finished by hand. Whether it is a painted, stained or dyed finish, it is all completely done by hand by my assistant. This all takes time to achieve that special quality of a truly hand made piece so we may take up to 8 weeks or more on some custom ordered pieces.
Our chairs can be ordered in a variety of colors and finishes. Our prices include whichever type of finish you may like, be it a single color or multiple layers of different colors, and any type of distressing you may want. We also have an antique crackle finish.
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