Tuesday, May 02, 2006

A New Windsor Chair Book-

We just got a case of that nice new book on windsor chairs everyone's talking about-

"Windsor-Chair Making in America -From Craft Shop to Consumer"
By Nancy Goyne Evans. Published by the University Press of New England in 2006. Hardcover, 9"x12", 496 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. $65.00

"The definitive work on the production of Windsor furniture, from one of America’s premier authorities. Drawing principally on original source materials, Nancy Goyne Evans’s elegantly written and extensively illustrated book presents an authoritative and absorbing historical picture of the vernacular chair shop and industry. Of the book’s five chapters, three deal extensively with the craft shop. Evans discusses everything from structure to tools and equipment, from shop personnel to power sources, and from raw materials to ornament, both painted and stenciled. A chapter on marketing explores the booming Windsor-chair trade in the American coastal South and the islands of the Caribbean, furniture distribution to local, overland, and overseas markets, and general methods of doing business. Another section explores consumerism and the use of Windsor furniture in domestic and public settings."

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