Unfortunately the Crinoline stretcher on this Windsor chair had broken. This type of stretcher is desirable on Windsor’s, but they are weaker than the alternative ‘H’ Stretcher.
To make a new one you need to steam a piece of timber around a former and clamp it until cools. The bend I used for this chair was one of many I steam bent 17 years ago.....I knew it would come in some day! Below are a few pictures that show the piece of wood taking shape. Most of the shaping is done with an old Spokeshave, which you can see in one of the photo’s.