|Project by knothead||posted 10-17-2014 05:28 PM||1999 views||7 times favorited||20 comments|
I have another Grandchild due November 6th 2014 and wanted to make something special for him/her and Mother to share and maybe to eventually be passed down as he/she grows older.
Several years ago I attended a Maloof Rocker Seminar and had the opportunity to sit in an original Maloof Rocker. From that moment until now building one has been on my “to-do” list. Well, enter a grandchild, JUST the motivation one needs to step out of their comfort zone and try something new.
This is made of Cherry with Ebony plugs and Walnut accents in the rockers and finished with the Maloof finish purchased from Rockler. I have approx 3 1/2 months of work in this (mostly weekends and an hour or two here and there where I could steal them).
I was VERY intimidated by this project going in and researched it ENDLESSLY until one day I found Scott Morrison’s website. I purchased his DVD and the templates, I even called him once and then finally choked down my apprehension and started cutting wood.
His DVD set (Build an Elegant Rocking Chair) and the templates were extremely helpful in the process. As a first time builder it was my goal to follow his example as closely as I could, well, my experience level and propensity for making mistakes ruined that idea very quickly. All the better, because even though I used his work and guidance in the DVD set to make my way thru this build, I should not have intended or expected to build HIS chair. Redoing my mistakes and adapting to my abilities left me with my very own chair.
Now, we all know that EVERY rocker of this type is heavily influenced by Sam Maloof and it shows in every one I have ever looked at no matter who built it and yet, in some way, they are all unique and individual as this one is.
I could have NEVER just started from scratch at my skill level and built this chair but I learned thru the process that it really is not as hard as it seems when you are standing there, staring at a pile of lumber and a picture of the desired end result in your hand, all with a huge lump in your throat wondering to yourself just how are you ever going to get from one to the other.
There are many things I will do differently on the next one and many lessons learned to apply to that effort but it really wasn’t as hard as I imagined. Visually I am pleased with the results even though I can see every small mistake made along the way. We are our own worst critics, aren’t we?
I have to give credit where credit is due……
To Sam Maloof, for inspiring me to bigger things than casework and tables THANK YOU!
To Scott Morrison – if you are a member here, even if not…..THANK YOU for the “helping hand” in this project via your DVD set.
And to the Grandchild I haven’t met yet….THANK YOU sweetheart for the motivation. WELCOME! I wish you peace and long life.
-- So Much Wood - So Little Time! --