David Douyard is a chairmaker building Windsor and ladderback chairs in his shop in northwest Connecticut. He started as an apprentice to a New York furniture maker and later had more formal training at Palomar College studying furniture design. He moved from furniture into building chairs more than 20 years ago having studied under several Windsor and ladderback chairmakers.
He has been awarded Top Artisan by Early American Life magazine in 2017 and 2018 and has several of his Windsor chairs featured in the magazine. In 2017 he was awarded Editor’s Choice Award for Seating for a Windsor Sack Back Settee by Popular Woodworking. David builds both contemporary and traditional chairs and teaches chairmaking in his and other shops in the country.