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Here are sample pictures of three rockers to illustrate a few wood varieties and how they appear in a project.
The “Aloha Classic’ is made with Hawaiian Koa wood some of which is flame curl. I use five backslats instead of my usual seven. This allows a wider slat to carve a leaf like image (because this rocker is going to Hawaii). The wider backslat is possible because this rocking chair is wider and is what I call my Reader Rocker (mas grande) size. The arms have a more organic flair to the front of the arm. The use of Ivory and Ebony as accents seemed appropriate.
The “Deutsche Classic” is made using Black Mesquite with some exceptional and very unusual Tiger striping. Mesquite is one of my favorite woods for a number of reasons. I like the workability of this very hard wood. It is two and one half times stronger than Oak. Some woods have an allergic affect on me whereas Mesquite does not. You know they eat the Mesquite bean and make palatable flour with it. I recommend you try this unique wood that comes in some 43 species. Just as everything in life Mesquite has some peculiarities. It has a short grain, which is subject to snapping easily when thin strips are involved, but this can be worked around in most cases. It is harder to carve and requires a little more thought to eliminate delicate contours. You may notice the new style arm detail is incorporate on this rocking chair. I did this because it is so comfortable. I think I will use this more often.
The “Classic Ranch Estate” is simply a standard Tiger Maple wooden rocker. It does have the seven backslats shaped in the ‘crescent’ style. I used curly Bastogne walnut, burled Mesquite and Ebony accents. The Headrest is made with a Maple burl, which invokes a lot of comments. The hat was used for some other spot.
I enjoy using figured wood of many varieties and am always on the lookout for new samples. Discarding even small pieces of wood is a problem for me. My wife has asked when I will get rid of the scrap wood and I say, “what scrap?”
-- Rocking Chair Guy