Native Maine woods and designs inspired by classic 18th and early 19th century New England furniture are the hallmarks of Windsor Chairmakers handmade furniture. New owner Michael Timchak, who has been the shop’s manager and chair maker since the company opened more than 31 years ago, is intent on continuing and expanding that legacy.
Timchak and his wife, Jana, an artist herself, purchased Windsor Chairmakers earlier this year from Nance Brown, widow of founder Jim Brown. Together Timchak and Brown made their Windsor chairs and other designs not only beautiful but comfortable and durable as well, altering 18th-century designs to fit contemporary ideas of ergonomics and functionality using improved joinery, scale and finishes.
Timchak has added several new designs to Windsor Chairmakers portfolio including corner cupboards, end tables, benches, coffee tables, a wine cabinet, mirrors and some smaller pieces.
The process by which a custom piece is made often begins with a customer’s walk through the showroom or by viewing Windsor’s website or Pinterest page to identify elements and options available such as wood types, leg styles, edges and corner options, finishes and distressing.
“I will work up a quick sketch using the ideas we discuss while the customer is here and then produce a three-view scale working drawing for the client’s approval,” says Timchak. “We want our customers to have a great experience and to be involved in the process as much as they choose to be. They are invited to go through our workshop, to see where their furniture will be made and the people that will be making it.
“People who visit our workshop and showroom understand that quality handmade furniture has a value and appeal that never goes out of style,” says Timchak.