Touring Maine doesn’t only mean frequenting tourist shops filled with lobster magnets, moose-shaped chocolates, and blueberry muffin mixes. It also means, at least for us, looking for quality products designed and created by local craftsmen. So you can imagine that Windsor Chairmakers in Lincolnville, Maine, was quite the find.
With a passion for fine craftmanship and a love of woodworking, Jim Brown and his wife Nance founded the business of building furniture to a customer’s specs, one piece at a time, in 1987. Since Jim’s death in 2015, Nance has continued the tradition of using quality wood and traditional building methods to provide some of the finest furniture in the area.
When you walk in the front door, you immediately know this is a place for quality. Hand-stenciled white walls and painted wood floors form the perfect backdrop for custom tables, highboys, pencil post beds, and the like. And the tasteful decor continues all through this house-turned-showroom.
According to Nance, Jim Brown knew a thing or two about comfortable chairs. He talked to people, even observed them as they sat. He wanted to see if he could make a seat that would conform comfortably to the body while fitting the back with spindles that “give.” Jim succeeded, in our estimation. And so we did a lot of sitting.
Custom finishes are another perk at Windsor Chairmakers where craftsmen mix their own dyes and traditional milk paints to create custom hues for any piece.
You can request antiquing — light, medium, or heavy — to enhance the aged look of a piece. Or just allow the natural graining to show through.
We strolled through the showroom, noting collections of old wood planes, sailboats that looked right at home, and authentic room settings showing off hand-crafted furniture.
But perhaps the best feature of our entire visit was the conversation with Nance, the owner who spoke lovingly of what all of the craftsmen attempt to do at Windsor Chairmakers: please the customer with hand-crafted pieces that will give years of pleasure in a home anywhere they can ship it to.
If you’re driving Route 1 near Lincolnville, stop by and take a look. We guarantee you’ll want to “sit a spell.”
For more information:
Windsor Chairmakers, 2596 Atlantic Highway on US Route 1, Lincolnville, ME 04849; 207.789.5188.