|Project by Darrell Peart||posted 06-07-2009 06:15 PM||3863 views||23 times favorited||11 comments|
I did the first of these a few years ago. Originally the commission was for a Blacker Arm Chair (no rockers). Before I had a chance to make any sawdust with this project my client gave me a call and asked if he could change it to a rocker. I said yes without hesitation – in hind sight I should have at least thought it through a bit more and at least charged more.
The original arm chair by the Greene Brothers is solidly anchored to the floor with arms that reach out in one uninterrupted motion to meld with the front legs.
My design challenge was to relate the arms (that had been anchored to the floor) to the curve of the rockers. To do this I splayed the front and back legs out slightly to give some illusion of “anchoring” to the rockers – sort of like spokes relate to a wheel. Splaying the legs too much would make the design appear “cartoonish”. It took some re-drawing to find the right fit.
The Blacker armchair alone is an incredibly challenging project. The intricate and complex detailing of its back, though demanding is perhaps the easy part. The point at where the arm meets the front leg is especially challenging. As the arm starts out from the back it is square in section, but when as it morphs into the leg it must transit to parallelogram. With this transition the proud ebony spline that connects the leg and arm must make the change as well !
Add to this already difficult project the multiple compound angles of the splayed legs and it becomes a sort of super challenge. This rocker was one of the most difficult ( and incredibly fun!) projects I have ever undertaken.
-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - www.furnituremaker.com - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop