A Sam Maloof Inspired Rocking Chair; Walnut Rocker #2 by Mark A. DeCou

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 08-07-2009 03:49 AM 23143 views 32 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks for visiting. This chair is my 2nd Maloof-Inspired rocker.

Here are photos of the 1st Rocking Chair
Here are photos of the 3rd Rocking Chair
Here are photos of the 4th Rocking Chair


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I was in a big hurry with these chairs, so I didn’t take a lot of time to photograph the construction process. But, for those that might be skeptical about whether I built this chair myself, here are a few progress photos.

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This was a commissioned project, and has been sold.

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:

This is the second chair to a pair that was ordered, both going to Wichita, Kansas USA.

The other chair has been posted here

more to come later, please check back

thanks for looking,

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

(This material is protected by copyright 2009 by the Author, Mark A. DeCou, no unauthorized use is allowed without expressed written permisson, all rights and Privileges reserved. All photos are the expressed and exclusive property of M.A. DeCou and are not to be used for any purpose without written permission.)

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#1 posted 08-07-2009 03:53 AM

Mark: A beautiful pair of chairs. nice job. You make me proud to know you.

-- 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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#2 posted 08-07-2009 04:01 AM

Very nice Mark!! I like the wave in the back around the back slats. Keep them coming!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#3 posted 08-07-2009 04:08 AM

that’s just beautiful… I don’t think I can say anymore!

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#4 posted 08-07-2009 04:13 AM

Wow! Beautiful craftsmanship!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#5 posted 08-07-2009 04:15 AM

Beautiful chairs Mark! Thanks for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 08-07-2009 04:32 AM

i look at these chairs and there so beautiful, they dont seem real….i dont know if i will be ever able to touch one like these but that would be thrilling…..god blessed your hands and your talent blesses the lives of his children….i agree with what karson said.

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

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#7 posted 08-07-2009 05:16 AM

Great chair as is all your work

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 08-07-2009 05:20 AM

Awesome as usual

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#9 posted 08-07-2009 01:47 PM

That is truly a beautiful piece of work, I only wish I could do half as well.

-- Glyn, North Carolina

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#10 posted 08-07-2009 02:02 PM

Breath taking….a true work of art !!!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#11 posted 08-07-2009 03:32 PM

Mark this is stunning.

The feature that I really like are the ripples in the back of the headrest. It is amazing how much it adds without being over bearing to the organic feel of the piece.

This piece is like poetry.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#12 posted 08-07-2009 04:20 PM

Another beauty! Glad to see you’re busy and having fun!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#13 posted 08-07-2009 05:44 PM

Beautiful chair – I like your additional detail of sculpting the back of the crest rail to undulate where the back slats are.

In past posts – you mention that you do not screw the legs in and plug them like Maloof does…..or rather did ;-(

But for attaching the rockers – do you use screws from the bottom? or instead go with completely captured dowels to attach, and not have any plugs showing? Saw a maloof video ‘town hall’ where he was demonstrating and he showed how he doweled the rockers.


-- “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.” ― H.L. Mencken, Minority Report

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#14 posted 08-07-2009 06:23 PM

Just gorgeous.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#15 posted 08-07-2009 06:29 PM


-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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