Sculpted Rocker a la Hal Taylor

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Project by UnclePolly posted 12-02-2014 09:56 PM 2006 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a long time in the making, I’ve finally finished my first Maloof style rocker, thanks to Hal Taylor. His help and plans and the cadre of other Taylor educated chair makers has made one of the items on my bucket list a reality. The problem is, now I want to make another one …..............I just hope it doesn’t take as long.
To further move the process into high gear, I just purchased a 5” Ceros ROS from Mirka. The most expensive tool I’ve ever purchased, other than my Powermatic 3520b lathe. I think this is getting SERIOUS!

-- Remember, since life is so short, we should hurry to do good!

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#1 posted 12-03-2014 12:50 AM

A beautiful Maloof rocker. Hard to believe it is your first!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 12-03-2014 01:03 AM

I love the way you shaped the top of the back spindles, IMHO, it adds a very artistic touch to the chair. Excellent work! I might have to put one of those on my bucket list.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 12-03-2014 01:14 AM

Lovely chair. Nice work indeed.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 12-03-2014 02:36 AM

Beautiful job on the rocker. Shaping is right on – very refined. Checked out your website – wow. Keep up the exceptional work. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#5 posted 12-03-2014 02:48 AM

You’ve done a great job on a very challenging project. Congrats on the completion!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 12-03-2014 03:42 AM

Your rocker turned out great. Beautifully matched and arranged wood and sculpted very nicely. Your turnings are outstanding. The turned cowboy hat is amazing. I’ve got to try that one day.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 12-03-2014 04:30 AM

Really nice, it is a bucket list project for me… I have the plans, and the Rocking Chair University t-shirt….but not made the chair yet.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#8 posted 12-03-2014 06:32 AM

Absolutely beautiful. Welcome to LJs

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 12-03-2014 11:40 AM

Very nice work, those chairs are priceless, once they come from your hands,

-- andrek

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#10 posted 12-03-2014 01:41 PM

Awesome chair…beautifully done. Also on my bucket list.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#11 posted 12-03-2014 02:40 PM

Excellent execution. I made my wife’s for our 50th and it is one of the most satisfying projects I’ve ever done but I had 450 hours in it. Sam told the story that he always had an unfinished chair in the shop so when clients came by asking why their order was taking so long he could point to it and tell them the order was under way :>)

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#12 posted 12-03-2014 08:23 PM

Looks great, you did a very good job. I am in process of starting one of these from the Charles Brock plans and seeing finished chairs inspires me to get going on it!

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#13 posted 12-03-2014 08:34 PM

Just WOW! That’s a beautiful masterpiece!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#14 posted 12-03-2014 09:37 PM

Great job, Uncle Polly! I really like the shape of the arms and the splats.

-- --Dale Page

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#15 posted 12-04-2014 12:55 PM

A beautiful heirloom / master piece, congrats.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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