A Sam Maloof Inspired Rocking Chair; Walnut Rocker #3 by Mark A. DeCou

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 08-05-2009 09:56 PM 10578 views 11 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a commissioned project, and has been sold.

This first photo, I had in my mind that Andrew Wyeth painting of the girl laying in the grass of the hill. Remember that iconic painting?
That’s sort of what I was trying for with the first photo.
Did I caputure it?

Click Here to See Rocking Chair #1

Click Here to See Rocking Chair #2

Click Here to See Rocking Chair #4


If you’d like a similar rocker, I have the parts roughed out for another rocker that has not been sold yet. If you are interested, please email for more information.


Black Walnut
Burled Walnut Veneer Inlayed on Back slats
Maple Stripes
Finish: Danish Oil and Satin Lacquer


Project Story:

I didn’t get this project finished in time for the Outdoor Bench Competition last month, but thought the outdoor photos would be interesting anyway. Tried to get some underexposed shadowy shots to allow the sculptural negative spaces to be more prominent.

Here is the other chair I built for it's mate

more to come later, please check back

thanks for looking,

Mark DeCou
“Bringing American Contemporary Crafts to the Kansas Tall Grass Prairie”

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

26 comments so far

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#1 posted 08-05-2009 10:31 PM

The landscape photos are making me homesick. Oh, and the chair is nice too.
Just kidding, the chair is gorgeous. Not kidding about the land scape, though. My wife grew up in Wichita and I grew up north and a little east of Russell in the metropolis of Osborne.

-- CutNRun - So much wood, so many trails, so little time

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#2 posted 08-05-2009 10:34 PM

Sweet very nice chair.

-- David '65

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#3 posted 08-05-2009 10:36 PM

As usual Mark, brilliant work!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 08-05-2009 10:36 PM

Beautiful Mark!
Just as good, or even better than Sam Maloof.

I love the grain figure on the back of the backrest.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Will Mego

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#5 posted 08-05-2009 10:58 PM

very nice work, and the burl is a nice touch.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#6 posted 08-05-2009 11:00 PM

A marvolous piece of art work! The back is an outstanding flow of design and grain! WOW!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#7 posted 08-06-2009 12:21 AM

Maloof inspired DeCou. Stunning piece of craftsmanship. Typical Decou … wow, Hey weeds and bush is weeds and bush take that inside and get some more pictures of those laminated rockers.

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#8 posted 08-06-2009 12:53 AM

Mark a beautiful chair. Nice job on the construction. I like the sculptured look on the back. The grain in the upper back looks great.

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

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#9 posted 08-06-2009 01:02 AM

Beautiful work Mark , Very impressive !!!

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#10 posted 08-06-2009 01:07 AM

The Maloof is my favorite rocker design of all,but this is really a great interpretation.The grain is so inviting,and that shaping on the back is fantastic…its the best feature of all.

This took you awhile to build and much sanding to blend it all together.
Very nicely done Mark.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#11 posted 08-06-2009 01:19 AM

Awesome Rocker Mark!! It seems as though you get to make all the things I dream of making but don’t have no time or money for. Now you done made me jealous.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#12 posted 08-06-2009 02:08 AM

Beautiful rocker Mark … you have been busy !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#13 posted 08-06-2009 02:52 AM

mark, the chair is excelent, such a beautiful chair, i like the photo’s ,makes me want to get into that rocker and take a nap….and after all the hard work, you might want to also, would love to hear of the customers comments…of coarse that is part of your pay….

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

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#14 posted 08-06-2009 03:36 AM

Hi Mark

You did a wonderful job on this chair. I really like how you did the back! Thank for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#15 posted 08-06-2009 03:38 AM

Well done Mark

-- Custom furniture

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