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Interview with Michael Dunbar

Interview with Michael Dunbar

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I decided a couple of months ago (when I first found out about the Woodworking in America Conference) that it would be cool to actually hear from the presenters that are scheduled to be there. 

I for one enjoy talking about woodworking almost as much as I do actually doing it!  So, I set out to track down as many of the the presenters as I could.  To be honest, I was a little intimidated by the thought of interviewing some of the biggest names in hand tool manufacturing and woodworking.  People like Tom Lie-Nielsen, Robin Lee, Michael Dunbar, etc. 

But, what I found was probably not all that surprising.  They're people just like you and me.  Everybody has been very generous with there time and with their knowledge of the craft.  Woodworkers are a friendly bunch of people that are always ready to help out a fellow woodworker, and I have found the folks I've interviewed to be no different. 

So, I hope you enjoy this first in our series of interviews. 

Our first interview is with the Dean of Windsor Chairmakers, Michael Dunbar. Michael, along with his wife Sue, are owners of the The Windsor Institute , the only school in the world dedicated to teaching the art of building Windsor chairs. He has single handedly been responsible for the revival of building Windsor chairs, an art that was almost lost. Michael and his staff have also worked with many tool makers to improve the specialized tools involved in the making of chairs. His enthusiasm for Windsor chairs and for hand tools comes through loud and clear during our interview.

I know you're going to enjoy listening to Michael talk about how he got started in woodworking, The Windsor Institute, and what he will be teaching at this year's Woodworking in America Conference. After listening to the interview come back and check out The Windsor Institute's  website to learn more about all the different classes that are available, and while you're there, be sure to catch up on what Michael is writing on his blog .

After listening to the interview, come back here and leave a comment below to let me know what you think.

Interview with Michael Dunbar 

Craig