William Jenkins

From the pilot's seat to carving seats…

Growing up in Virginia's Northern Neck, William Jenkins took his first woodworking class at high school in Montross. Woodworking became a life-long hobby even as Jenkins went to school at Virginia Tech and served in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves.

After retiring as a commercial airline pilot in 2001, Jenkins launched his second career when his wife Lucylin requested more comfortable dining room chairs.

Jenkins took his first class in Windsor chair-making from Michael Dunbar in Hampton, New Hampshire, and has returned often to Dunbar's Windsor Institute to learn how to make complicated Windsor chairs and settees. He has also taken classes in wood-turning from Ernie Conover of Ohio.

Since Jenkins started selling chairs professionally in 2003, Locust Farm Windsors have found homes in Virginia and throughout the country. In 2005, Jenkins was awarded the designation of "Virginia Professional Artisan" by the Artisans Center of Virginia, a state-supported center to recognize distinguished state craftsmen.