About Jim

This is where I do my woodworking.

This is where I do my woodworking.

Hello.  I’m Jim Paulson. If you are interested I have a new website at http://www.blackswampwindsors.com which was previously http://www.chairsbypaulson.com.

I’ve been doing woodworking since I was three years old.   As a youngster I developed a love for woodworking by watching my father build things around the house using hand tools.  Dad was good at carpentry and remodeling, and also boat building.   I got interested in furniture making when I was in Junior High and High School.  By the time I finished college in 1981, Roy Underhill was on PBS with The Woodwright’s Shop and I soon developed a passion for using antique tools.  By 1984,  I also became a woodcarver.   In the 90’s, I learned Scandinavian folk figure carving from Harley Refsal and I was trained in chip carving by Wayne Barton, an internationally known chip carver.  

Along the way, I have built a number of shaker furniture pieces, pine country furniture, and Windsor chairs.  I have in some cases incorporated  chip carving to make a piece individualistic.  It might be carved panels on a hutch or a carved lid on a tool chest.  Those are just a couple examples.   One of my carvings, a triptych, a rendition of  Albrecht Durer’s woodcut entitled “The Trinity,” is on display in the chapel of Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Il.   Bottomline, woodworking for me is God given calling.  I thank God for the people who have given me woodworking skills, especially Mike Dunbar and the staff at The Windsor Institute.


3 thoughts on “About Jim”

  1. John Keeton said:

    Jim, saw the link on SMC in the thread on Mike’s chisel handles he made. Great website, great work, and I particularly enjoyed your spiritual take on woodworking. God is in all we do, and particularly the fruits of our labor. Your work is surely a blessing to you, and your witness a blessing to others. Keep up the good work, and God bless.


  2. Jim. I wonder if you could help me. I purchased a chair, I believe to be a Windsor arm chair at a local thrift store. I am interested in refinishing it and reselling it but I don’t know if it is a valuable piece or if it is just typical dining chair. It does have a mark on the bottom of the seat and I took a picture of it. Is this something you could eye for me and give me some insight?

  3. Hi Tonya,
    The underside of the seat, if there is a label or stamp, and evidence of hand tool work on the seat and on the spindles are pretty good indicators too that the chair was made earlier. There are a number of great resources in publication out there on Windsor chairs and Nancy Evans comes immediately to mind. Her books might be available in a public library. The trick is identifying the marks from various tools, but in any case you can send me an email through my website at blackswampwindsors.

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