James Mursell has been making Windsor chairs for 15 years, having been introduced to them by veteran teacher Jack Hill, on a course at West Dean. James subsequently studied with Mike Dunbar, one of America’s leading experts on Windsor chairs, and has been a full-time professional chairmaker for the past 10 years.
He has been offering courses at The Windsor Workshop for the past seven years. They run throughout the year but with a gap in the summer to coincide with the school summer holidays. He also teaches two to three times a year at West Dean College.
He has written extensively on the subject of Windsor chairs with many articles appearing in Furniture & Cabinet Making and Good Woodworking. His book ‘Windsor Chairmaking‘ has recently been published. James is a member of The Sussex Guild, and exhibits regularly at their shows. He can also be found at ‘wood shows’ around the country promoting courses, tools and chairs.
Prior to becoming a full time chairmaker, James was a commercial fruit grower for fifteen years, and before that worked for Tate & Lyle in America, after graduating with a degree in Botany from Cambridge.