Windsor chairs handmade by Bob Dillon
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Bob Dillon Windsor Chairs
Handmade Chairs and Other Traditional Furniture -- since 1990

In my small shop near Hackensack, Minnesota, I build reproductions of traditional Windsor chairs as well as other furniture, mostly traditional in style. You will find lots of hand tools in my shop, but not many of the powered kind. You will not see large production runs underway or a crew of workers kicking up lots of dust. You will just find me, at the lathe, the shave-horse or the bench.

Sack-back: The chair that made Windsors utilitarian and available to everyone.... more

Continuous-arm: A bold, and uniquely American, design.... more

Fan-backs: Angled spindles and decoratively-turned "stiles" form a fan-like back.... more

Bow-back: Based on an oriental design, the bow-back was first made in England.... more

Birdcage: A direct interpretation of the Federal furniture style, 1790-1815.... more

Settees: As with American Windsors in general, most of the earliest settees were made in Philadelphia.... more

History: A couple of decades later it was American Windsor chairs that were becoming known worldwide.... more

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Windsor chair (win´zer cher) n. 1. seating furniture with a saddled plank seat, a spindle back with bent elements, and turned, splayed legs 2. "...the most characteristically American and the most historically significant furniture style to emerge from 18th century America" (Santore)

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"The settee arrived safely. Looks great in our home." "We love it; thanks so much!"
Lisa S., Philadelphia, PA, October 12, 2016

"We LOVE our stools. My husband who rarely compliments anything, believes you are an artisan."
Nancy M., Nuevo, CA, December 23, 2014

"The chair arrived just now and it is fantastic! Thanks again for this wonderful chair."
Don & Regina B., Rochester, NY, April 16, 2013

"They arrived! And they are perfect. Doing business w/you the second time was as great as the first. Colors are perfect. And they arrived the day my kitchen was finished...."
Patricia C., Tucson, AZ, August 14, 2012

"The chair just arrived, and per my 17 year old is "insane", which I think is teenager for really, really well done. Cannot say it any better myself!"
Rob A., Mendota Heights, MN, April 20, 2012

"I just received my chairs and they're beautiful. Your craftsmanship is extraordinary."
Lynn M., Kenner, LA, April 5, 2012

"We have enjoyed using the chairs that you made and are looking forward to using the settee."
C.C., Austin, TX, March 13, 2012

"I now have the Windsor Settee at my table and it is wonderful. Perfect in fact.... Thanks so much. It was great working with you."
Patricia C., Tucson, AZ, April 5, 2011

"Received the chair on Friday the 4th. Looks AWESOME! Really appreciate it!"
D.B., Gainesville, GA, June 7, 2010

"I just wanted to let you know the stools arrived and they are absolutely lovely -- we're very pleased with them."
Debra G., Cambridge, MA, April 7, 2009

"... the table and chairs arrived safely and are wonderful. Thank you so much...."
Darlene S., Los Angles, CA, December 9, 2008

"The stools did arrive yesterday, and we are extremely pleased with them. The workmanship is excellent and the finish is great."
Dan Z., Milwaukee, WI, September 10, 2008

"Our chairs arrived Wednesday!!!!! A day early. They are fantastic. Your artistry is truly appreciated. They are exactly what we hoped for. I will be sure to advertise your work when our friends express their admiration for the chairs."
Greg H., Wellesly, MA, December 7, 2007

"Just wanted to let you know that the chair was delivered (in fine packaging and shape) this afternoon. Am very pleased with it, as I figured I would be. Great workmanship, color/stain, etc. Looks perfect in its new home."
Andy P., Tampa, FL, May 12, 2006

"...we got the chairs last week. They all made the trip unscathed, and they look great. We really appreciate the effort you put into them - I'm sure they'll give our family years of service."
John O., Chanhassan, MN, February 9, 2006

"... the chairs arrived yesterday and they're what -- frigging fantastic! really, bravo sir! a craft well done. they're really amazing and the two colors are perfect. I was surprised at how light the chairs were, and portable, yet strong. they're everything I had hoped...."
John N., Chicago, March 16, 2005

"The continuous arm chair I got last year is a wonderful chair, it looks like a piece of art sitting in our house."
Tom B., Oronoco, MN, October 7, 2004

"... I had to tell you how pleased I am. The workmanship and finish are perfect...."
Ruth B., Richfield, MN, June 10, 2004

"The chairs arrived yesterday - they are absolutely beautiful!!"
Jackie, Oakdale, MN, September 19, 2003

"My sincerest thanks to you for the most beautiful kitchen stools that arrived today.... They were definitely worth the months of waiting...."
Connie, St. Paul, MN, April 22, 2003

"Thank you for the chairs -- they are elegant, graceful, and comfortable.... It was a pleasure to be able to do business with you...."
Karen and Bob, Santa Fe, NM, Nov. 11, 2002

"I received my sack-back Windsor rocker on time and in perfect condition. Once I unpacked the shipping carton, my months of waiting were quickly rewarded. The rocker is both striking and handsome. The color you mixed for us is just what I wanted.... You are a credit to your craft."
Bill M., Phoenix, AZ, April 28, 2002

Making chairs since 1990 --- On the web since July 25, 1999