Windsor chairmaking starts with a log, usually hard maple for the legs and white oak for the spindles and bent parts. The seats are eastern white pine.
A hard maple log being split for leg blanks. Splitting the parts from the log in this manner ensures they follow the long wood fibers thereby giving the part the maximum amount of strength possible.
Split out hard maple leg stock
Leg stock turned round on the lathe. They can remain like this indefinitely until they are needed to be shaped into legs.
Undercarriage of chair ready for test fitting and glue up into seat.
Steam bending a bow for the loopback chair.
The loopback waiting to have the spindle wedges cut off and be prepped for finishing.