Woodworkers know Mike Dunbar as the founder of The Windsor Institute, an expert in traditional woodworking techniques and the man behind the renaissance of the Windsor chair in the 20th century.
But did you know he also was the man who drafted Donald Trump into a run for the presidency?
Heck, I’ve known Dunbar for years, edited his articles and even attended a Windsor chairmaking class by him in May 2010 (read all about it here). And while I knew that he and his wife had once been active in politics, I had no idea that Dunbar was that connected.
You can read the entire story here on Boston.com. Even if you aren’t political (I’m not), it’s a fascinating story and includes some great stuff on what Dunbar has been writing lately: teen fiction!
Speaking of books by Dunbar, Popular Woodworking Magazine has just released Dunbar’s long-out-of-print bible on Windsor chairmaking. This book was selling for $200 and more on the used market. Dunbar has revised the text and now you can buy it for just $27 at ShopWoodworking.com. It’s definitely one of the most important books ever written on Windsor chairmaking. Click here to read more on “Make a Windsor Chair with Mike Dunbar.”
— Christopher Schwarz