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Project by scott shangraw posted 08-22-2007 05:19 PM 2983 views 12 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Burl Rocking Chair-This gorgeous cherry burl rocker has gotten a lot of attention. The cherry was quite a find, especially in our area.
Following is from my web page www.shangrilawoodworks.com
This finely handcrafted Cherry Burl rocker is incredible. Cherry burl is used on the carved seat, arms and headrest. Maple is incorporated on the lumbar support (which we perfected for even greater comfort) and inlayed in the runner as well as for the plugs. We also incorporated Cherry on the rest of the rocker. This one of a kind rocker is a true work of art and sure to stand out in any homeOur custom made rockers are created with each individual in mind. We custom fit a rocker to your size and shape. Not all rockers fit everyone. Therefore, a taller person may need the rocker elongated, a shorter person may need it smaller and petite to fit them. Our most popular seller is a medium size rocker that fits most individuals in any household. When filling an order, we take all this into account and create a rocker that will make you “the customer” completely happy.

The Back Lumbar support is a very important part of rocker and chair construction. The lower back endures some of the most stress and strain in the body. Therefore, the lower lumbar support when sitting, is very crucial. We test fit ours to be sure that it fits perfectly into that lower back area. We then hand shape each support and fit it into the headrest. We perfer to use firm spindles, versus the “Flex Back” because your back is put into a permanent lumbar supportive position. The “Flex Back” makes your back move and contract while rocking, therefore, making your back constantly compensate for that change. Therefore, this constant movement is not beneficial for the comfort and support of your back. Also, a “Flex Back” allows for to much movement at the joint area, where the spindle and seat meet, and over time will wear out and possibly break.

The curve of the headrest on a rocker ties in the comfort of the lumbar support, since this is where they meet, and your head rests. So the shaping of the headrest is just as important as the seat and the lumbar support. This is where we like to add carved “dog ears” on the top, for an artistic look and feel to the rocker.

Next the armrests need to be situated just right, so they aren’t to high or to low. You should be able to gently rest your arms downward, without feeling like your shoulders are raised up into your neck or that you are straining to keep your arms stretched down to the armrest. The whole flow of the rocker from seat, to lumbar, to headrest and armrest should cradle your body in comfort. Then the rocking motion should tie in the whole effect with smooth effortless motion. Our runners are laminated, which gives them added strength and stability. Sometimes we inlay in a different type of wood for an accent. The rocking motion is very important as well. It should be effortless and smooth. When rocking you shouldn’t feel like you’re going to fall forward or backward. You should feel as one with the rocking chair.

“Want to learn how to make this rocker? Visit our “How to Build a Rocking Chair page for more info.

See other rockers:

Black Limba Rocker http://lumberjocks.com/projects/1536
Walnut rocker http://lumberjocks.com/projects/5795
Bubinga rocker http://lumberjocks.com/projects/4191
Cherryburl rocking chair http://lumberjocks.com/projects/2353
Walnut w/purple heart rocker http://lumberjocks.com/projects/7294

-- Scott NM,http://www.shangrilawoodworks.com





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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 08-22-2007 06:26 PM

Scott, It’s still fantastic!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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7Kcraftsman

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#2 posted 08-22-2007 06:30 PM

That looks fantastic!!!!!

-- John, Steamboat Springs Co. http://7kcraftsman.blogspot.com/

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 08-22-2007 06:34 PM

Yep, it’s still a fantastic piece of wood and workmanship!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Homer

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#4 posted 08-22-2007 08:00 PM

Sorry to see you could only afford to use that splotchy decaying wood…..maybe we should take up a collection so you can buy some nice pine boards from your local home improvement superstore ;)

looks awesome!

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DocK16

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#5 posted 08-22-2007 08:23 PM

Scott,
Such fine joinery, looks like a Maloof design or is this your own. Hope to build one of these someday.

Homer, you’re such a cut up…. DOH!

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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Dadoo

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#6 posted 08-22-2007 09:25 PM

The pro had the right idea using a white background. It really makes this chair “jump” out at you. Beautiful.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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jockmike2

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#7 posted 08-22-2007 11:39 PM

Nice either way. Love that Maloof look, and the burl is fantastic. jockmike

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

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schroeder

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#8 posted 08-23-2007 04:17 AM

Wow Scott – words don’t do justice to the workmanship and beauty of that wood – Excellent work, and good call on the “pro” photo’s…

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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scott shangraw

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#9 posted 08-23-2007 05:40 AM

Homer ,Yeah it’s gotten sad you can find me at least once week wandering my local land fill,if I can just figure out a way to incorporate all the banana peels and beer cans into my peices!!!

The rocker is definitly a Maloof inspiration (what rocker isn’t anymore)but with my own few twist to it

-- Scott NM,http://www.shangrilawoodworks.com

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Karson

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#10 posted 08-23-2007 05:52 AM

Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 08-23-2007 06:36 AM

Simply beautiful. elegant rocking chair.

I’m sure we all have a “fun” project we would like to do for our own satisfaction.

This is one of mine, as is a grandfather clock.

One of these days.

Great Work!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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TreeBones

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#12 posted 08-23-2007 05:11 PM

Wow… this is most impressive. Is the wood stabilized with something or is it just cured very well?

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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Tilt

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#13 posted 08-23-2007 06:15 PM

beautiful chair….

-- My dad was an electrician, but my fathers a carpenter.

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PanamaJack

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#14 posted 08-23-2007 10:51 PM

A one-of-a-kind artwork in woodworking. Beautiful and stunning, these are not enough but the only I can think of. Wow!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Paul

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#15 posted 08-24-2007 04:18 AM

Any special “issues” working with solid burl material? I’ve only applied veneers to panels.

-- Paul, Texas

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