Norwegian Ale Bowls, Acanthus Carving and Handmade Windsor Chairs.
Jim has been at woodcarving for 37 years. His interest in woodcarving began as a hobby and it evolved into a business. Jim can carve just about anything--ale bowls, a folk figure, the top of an 18th century style tool chest, an 17th century oak carved box, a raised panel door, etc. But, he especially enjoys carving aspects of furniture too, take the arms and crests for authentic Windsor chairs. Whether it is turning a chair leg or his approach to carving Windsor chairs, Jim strives to give you fine craftsmanship that is neither overstated nor lacking in beauty. Whether it is carved ornamentation on a cabinet, chest, shelf or box, his goal is to offer you either a period reproduction or an artistic rendition that speaks quality of design and skillful execution of the carving.
Jim built a tool chest for a specialized set of Windsor Chairmaking tool. An article about his tool chest was featured in the Spring 2016 issue of Woodcarving Illustrated . He built this chest and three trays by using hand cut dovetail joinery. For the top, he used chip carving to individualize the chest to reflect his life and beliefs.
"Great tool box Jim. Your chip carving is superbly executed and I really like your design. It should be an inspiration to everyone. All the best" - Wayne Barton of Park Ridge, IL, May 27, 2009
Carving on Windsor Chairs
Jim builds handcrafted Windsor chairs and they feature hand shaped seats and exquisitely carved arms/crests. Carving these Windsor chair parts was one of the things that led him to develop a great appreciation for those 18th Century chair makers whose skill made these furniture pieces works of art. We hope you'll enjoy looking at the carved details captured in these photos. As you can see, the combination of carefully carved surfaces with polished and worn milk paint layers creates stunning reproduction Windsor chairs. The images are from a Nantucket Fan Back chair that features a distressed black over red milk paint finish. The hand rubbed milk paint finish (as shown) makes this another beautiful black Windsor chair.
Here are some carving and finishing details for a Nantucket Fan Back chair. Jim went the extra mile of adding a distressed look and it made a huge difference. Friends, this is owning a family heirloom. He'd love to make one for you.Jim willmake whatever adjustments you need to create the impression you want for a quality reproduction chair in your home.
Carving Details for a Philadelphia High Back Chair
I offer these photos so you can see firsthand that how my chairs truly excel in the carving of the crest ears and arm knuckles for this Philadelphia High Back style. I think you'll agree that clean crisp details make a difference, because they reflect the skills of the chair maker who made it. In a word, I will strive to give you elegance.