Blacker Rocking Chair

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Project by Darrell Peart posted 06-07-2009 06:15 PM 4457 views 24 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 - - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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#1 posted 06-07-2009 06:28 PM

your rocker is increadibly beautiful…the richness of the wood just ask’s to be sat in..and a rocking to a nap will have to be a must..the design is beautiful and you did a great job…congrats on overcoming the challege of such a complex should be proud of this one…it would be grand to be close to the fireplace and a good book…grizzman

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

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#2 posted 06-07-2009 06:30 PM

very nice chairs good design and most beautiful work

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#3 posted 06-07-2009 06:31 PM

Very beautiful rockers. Your work is very inspiring.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#4 posted 06-07-2009 06:48 PM

those are truly beautiful chairs, what tremendous work!

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#5 posted 06-07-2009 07:00 PM

Again beautiful, Green and Green would be proud of your interpretation of their work.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 06-07-2009 07:00 PM

That a great looking project. Some fantastic work. Beautiful job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#7 posted 06-07-2009 07:01 PM

Thanks everyone – the first time I made this piece I did more head scratching that sawdust making – my head was spinning! I do not think there is a simple right angle in the entire piece!

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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#8 posted 06-07-2009 07:33 PM

I really like this style. You bring it to perfection. Far out!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#9 posted 06-07-2009 07:55 PM

As a big fan of rocking chairs I am extremely awed by these chairs.
I can definitly see how much thought process went into these chairs.
Your execution is magnificent.

Thanks for posting.’

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#10 posted 06-08-2009 02:00 AM

Really incredible workmanship, very impressed.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#11 posted 06-09-2009 01:51 PM

Very nice rocker! You are blessed with a God given talent. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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