Bear River Bodger

John Fowler

Maker of Windsor Chairs

John is a maker of Windsor Chairs,

pursuing the traditional craft

of Windsor Chairmaking in his chairmaking shop,

nestled in the rolling hills of Bear River.

Using classic Windsor Chair designs and

chairmaking tools

of the 18th century,

each chair is individually handcrafted

with care and attention to detail.

Chair seats are crafted from white pine. Legs and arm posts are turned from maple, yellow birch or beech.

Ash or red oak is used for the spindles.

The finished Windsor Chair is then painted with milk paint in the customers choice of colour.

Alternatively, to take advantage of the natural beauty of hardwood, customers can request a Windsor Chair with the seat,

in a hardwood, such as elm.

The chair would then be finished with a light stain and natural linseed oil.

John also likes to work with the natural, organic shape of the wood

to craft one of a kind tables and benches.

Windsor Chair


type of wooden chair constructed of turned, slender spindles and legs that are socketed into a solid, saddle-shaped wooden seat.

John was commissioned in 2009 by Moby Dick Productions to build a chair to be used by Captain Ahab in a remake of Moby Dick.

The chair was a Comb Back Windsor Chair complete with carvings of a sperm whale.