Vermont Windsor Chairs and Fine Furniture.
"Heirloom Quality," hand-crafted furniture.
1271 Landgrove Road
Londonderry, VT 05148
Phone: (802) 824-4550
Full website at www.vermontwindsorchairs.com
Maker of Shaker-inspired and early American furniture. All pieces are meticulously crafted using the finest selection of hardwoods including cherry, maple and oak. In addition, I employ many of the same techniques and tools used by master craftsmen of the 18th and 19th centuries.
David A. Spero has been building furniture for 24 years, the first 14 years as a hobbyist and the last 10 years as a professional. David began his interest in making furniture while in graduate school in 1976. The transition from hobbyist to professional took several unusual detours. He received a doctoral degree in biomedical sciences in 1981 and served as a faculty member at two Universities. Later, he founded and ran an environmental testing laboratory for 8 years in Louisville, KY. It was during this time that he developed a passion for making early American Furniture and began dreaming of becoming a full-time furniture maker in rural Vermont. After studying with a noted chair maker in Berea, KY, learning from books and spending endless hours making every imaginable style of Windsor chair, David decided to turn professional. In 1995, he moved his family to Vermont and began building his post and beam house and shop.
David's chairs are truly handmade, one at a time, using many of the same techniques that chairwrights used in the 18th century. All chairs are made from the finest hardwoods found in the Northeast.
"Starting in the woods, I select only the straightest-grained red oak trees for the spindles and bent wood parts. These logs are hand-split and shaped into chair parts with a drawknife and spoke shave. In the end, fine, subtle tool marks left by the spoke shave are a final testimonial to my fine craftsmanship. For the other chair parts (seats and legs), I select either cherry or maple with the best color and grain pattern. After constructing the chair, I spend a great deal of time applying hand-rubbed finishes that bring-out the true beauty of the wood. The end result is a chair or furniture piece worthy of being called 'Heirloom Quality.'"
To see more of my work, please visit my full website at www.vermontwindsorchairs.com