A travisher is one of the key tools for making Windsor chairs. This site has been developed by professional chair maker James Mursell to promote both his travisher and his other unique tools to a worldwide audience. James had been making Windsor chairs for the past 16 years. He began to make his own tools because he was unable to purchase the travishers and spokeshaves that he needed for his craft.
- The unique design of James Mursell’s tools ejects the waste through the top of the body leaving a solid wooden surface directly behind the blade for pushing/pulling with thumbs/fingers.
- Wooden bodies are more comfortable to hold in the hand both when pulling and pushing the blade.
In addition to making tools James recently wrote ‘Windsor Chairmaking’, the first new book on the subject for almost ten years. It encompasses all aspects of the craft including history; choice of materials; techniques; plans for 4 chairs; design; and a detailed study of an iconic 18thcentury English armchair.
James Mursell runs The Windsor Workshop from his farm in Sussex, England. As well as making tools and Windsor chairs he runs regular 5-day chairmaking courses throughout the year.