My name is Jonathan (Jock) Jones. I am a master chair builder having been formally trained in the art of Windsor chair construction and design by Curtis Buchanan and Michael Dunbar, nationally recognized as two of the best Windsor chair builders in the country.
I am the only Windsor chair maker in the Intermountain West. Windsor chair construction requires the use of both green and dry hardwoods that simply do not grow in the West. This is why Windsor chair making is an Eastern craft and why nearly all chair makers are located east of the Mississippi River. In order to build chairs here in the Intermountain West I personally hand pick my logs and lumber from sawyers in the East and haul the logs to my shop in Historic Spring City, Utah.
I make my chairs one at a time by hand. I use the same methods and tools as the colonial chair makers did 250 years ago. I do not build them by hand for old time sake or nostalgia. I build them by hand because these chairs were designed to be made by hand . . . not machines. When the machine age arrived the manufacture of beautiful well built Windsor's disappeared. Windsor Chairs simply cannot retain their delicate grace and strength while being mass produced by machines. Factory made chairs are heavy and clunky. They lack the delicate grace and charm of the wonderful chairs made by old time master chair builders.
Because these chairs are hand made, each one is a little different. They are not perfect pieces turned out by machine. They have tool marks on them. They vary slightly in size, shape and color. They are hand made pieces of art. Each one is signed and dated. They will be family heirlooms for generations. Unlike factory made ‘cooky cutter’ chairs the value of these chairs will appreciate in value with each passing year.