Art Talk: Spotlight on Windsor Furniture Makers Past and Present


Meet two of Windsor’s talented furniture makers and learn more about Windsor’s rich woodworking history when the Windsor Historical Society presents a lecture on Windsor furniture makers Thursday, November 16 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.  Featured Windsor furniture makers Jack Alberti and Jonathan Tarbox will show slides of their work and discuss modern woodworking techniques. The Society’s curator Erin Stevic will give a brief history of furniture making in Windsor.  Examples of furniture from Alberti, Tarbox, and several historic Windsor woodworkers will be on view in the Society’s new fall/winter exhibition Windsor Artists: Then and Now.


Jack Alberti uses vibrant marquetry patterns and bold lines to create a balance between simplicity and complexity in his furniture pieces.  Alberti graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in aerospace engineering, but he quickly replaced his engineering vocation with his avocation for woodworking. A job constructing large tracker pipe organs deepened Alberti’s skills with wood, leather, and metal artistry.  Alberti has worked with architects, builders, and as a private artist; his work has been shown nationally in galleries, museums, and private collections.


Jonathan Tarbox’s furniture captures his love of simple designs, quality construction, and beautiful wood.  Tarbox’s father and grandfather were also woodworkers, and he credits his interest in furniture making to them.  The artist also finds inspiration in historic furniture, especially the simple lines and quality craftsmanship of Shaker furniture.


Windsor’s long history of furniture making began with its earliest settlers.  English craftsmen emigrated to Windsor looking for better work and wages.  Those who made the journey to Windsor found a wealth of lumber and a clientele of new settlers eager for their furniture.  Over the next generations, woodworking families intermarried and formed a firm foundation as leaders in the Windsor community.  Among these men were John Moore (1614-1677), a founder of Windsor and deacon in the congregational church.  Surviving joined chests from Moore’s shop are similar in proportion and design with symmetrical vine carvings. A century later, furniture maker Timothy Loomis III (1724-1786) furniture pieces from cherry and maple that featured graceful cabriole legs and carved shell designs.  The late 18th century shop of East Windsor furniture maker Eliphalet Chapin (1741-1807) produced striking furniture known for its quarter columns, claw-and-ball feet, and latticework.


The eighth in a series of programs associated with Windsor Artists: Then and Now, the “Spotlight on Windsor Furniture Makers” lecture is sponsored by the Loomis Chaffee School and David Gillette Associates.  Cost for the program is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and WHS members $4.  Parking is available in the Windsor Discovery Center parking lot and around Palisado Green. The Windsor Artists: Then and Now exhibition will be open to the public before and after the talk.


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