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'Handshake' Rocker - Tiger Maple

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Project by 2ndLifeWoodworks posted 01-20-2015 10:30 PM 2319 views 15 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I suppose I’m a bit new to the scene here @ lumberjocks. I’d like to introduce myself and some of my work. I’m an enthusiastic hobbyist who specializes in making sculpted rocking chairs, drawing heavy influences from Sam Maloof and Hal Taylor. I make my chairs in my very small (~120sq ft) shop, but I’m not going to let size limitations get in the way of my woodworking! I’m sure others can relate to wanting more shop space

I call my chairs (which are a blend of Taylor/maloof styles with some of my own flair) – ‘Handshake Rockers’ for the way the flexible back braces and overall shape of the chair provide firm, strong support: like a good handshake!

This chair is made from some truly exceptional tiger maple with walnut accents. I was able to feature a bookmatched spalting pattern in the back braces that radiates from the center. I’m really happy with how it came out. I will be posting build along pictures on my instagram account http://instagram.com/2ndlifewoodworks

More pictures available http://www.2ndlifewoodworks.com/handshake-rocking-chair-tiger-maple.html

Thanks for looking. And thank you to Sam, Hal, and all the other wonderful woodworkers who have given me inspiration/guidance

-- Joe, Houston TX, http://www.2ndlifewoodworks.com/





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R_Stad

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#1 posted 01-20-2015 10:56 PM

Fine work all around Joe. Real nice details on a great build. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rod - Oregon

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2ndLifeWoodworks

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#2 posted 01-20-2015 10:59 PM

Thanks RStad – its a been a bit out of my comfort zone sharing all my stuff, but everyone has been so gracious thus far. I’m not surprised that some of the most polite corners of the internet are occupied by woodworkers!


Fine work all around Joe. Real nice details on a great build. Thanks for sharing.

- RStad


-- Joe, Houston TX, http://www.2ndlifewoodworks.com/

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#3 posted 01-20-2015 11:12 PM

Extremely beautiful work. Right up there with the best! So much beauty to behold!
Thanks for sharing!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Northwest29

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#4 posted 01-20-2015 11:24 PM

Absolutely gorgeous! That rocker looks extremely comfortable to me. Great craftsmanship.

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

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DocK16

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#5 posted 01-21-2015 12:01 AM

Truly exceptional wood and truly exceptional woodworker. Still trying to figure out how you did those spindles A gorgeous piece

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#6 posted 01-21-2015 12:29 AM

Man!! that’s almost unreal. Nice job. I hope to someday reach that skill level.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#7 posted 01-21-2015 12:44 AM

as i look over this chair i see so many beautiful curves and angles, the wood you used is gorgeous, i know that other people make chairs as well, but to be each and every one of you that make one, deserve all the kudos you can get, these are works of art and will grace the home they sit in for years and years to come, thank you for sharing this with us, its a masterpiece.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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2ndLifeWoodworks

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#8 posted 01-21-2015 12:46 AM

You should give it a go, you might already be there. Only one way to find out!


Man!! that s almost unreal. Nice job. I hope to someday reach that skill level.

- Jim Sellers


-- Joe, Houston TX, http://www.2ndlifewoodworks.com/

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#9 posted 01-21-2015 12:47 AM

Wow, what nice words. Thanks Grizzman! I like the name btw


as i look over this chair i see so many beautiful curves and angles, the wood you used is gorgeous, i know that other people make chairs as well, but to be each and every one of you that make one, deserve all the kudos you can get, these are works of art and will grace the home they sit in for years and years to come, thank you for sharing this with us, its a masterpiece.

- grizzman


-- Joe, Houston TX, http://www.2ndlifewoodworks.com/

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2ndLifeWoodworks

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#10 posted 01-21-2015 12:49 AM

I had a piece with two spalting streaks in it and I thought they were gorgeous. So i took it over to the bandsaw and sliced them up and was fortunate to get enough lams to make this. The center spindle is actually bookmatched down the middle. Thanks for the kind words


Truly exceptional wood and truly exceptional woodworker. Still trying to figure out how you did those spindles A gorgeous piece

- DocK16


-- Joe, Houston TX, http://www.2ndlifewoodworks.com/

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#11 posted 01-21-2015 01:10 AM

Well that is a beautiful chair! I’ve always liked this style of chair, and yours is a fine example!

-- Dean

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gfadvm

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#12 posted 01-21-2015 01:12 AM

Joe, I am a huge fan of Maloof rockers and this is one of the nicest I’ve seen. Your wood choice and the bookmatched spalting are superb! And in a 120 sq. foot shop! You are my newest hero!

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

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Canadian Woodworks

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#13 posted 01-21-2015 02:26 AM

Killer chair, well done.

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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#14 posted 01-21-2015 02:55 AM

The great thing about this type of chair, when it is done right both in form and material, is that it generates an emotional reaction. I had an emotional reaction to this chair.

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#15 posted 01-21-2015 03:11 AM

Holy smokes that is drop dead gorgeous!!! I’ve always held that these chairs are at the very top of the woodworking pyramid and clearly cross over into the realm of art. Awesome work, and great photography too!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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