Craftsman creates new chair to mark the Queen’s birthday

Crown Windsor chair
Crown Windsor chair

A craftsman has created a new chair to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

James Mursell, Windsor chair maker from West Chiltington, has completed his latest piece of work in time to celebrate the monarch’s big day and has aptly named it ‘Crown’.

Crown Windsor chair

Crown Windsor chair

The chair has been given its name due to the close resemblance of the front profile to a crown.

Mr Mursell said: “The chair is made of English ash and Scottish elm (seat) and is a completely new design.

“The most distinctive features are the steam bent arm and splat. The arm is at an unusual angle, somewhat reminiscent to some Swedish Windsor chairs and the curved splat makes the chair extremely comfortable.

He added the chair has been mainly created using hand tools.

James has made Windsor chairs for 20 years and works from his large workshop on his farm in West Chiltington where he runs chair making courses throughout the year.

Since he began teaching in 2004 he has taught almost 800 people how to make chairs, helping to keep this traditional craft alive.

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