|Project by scott shangraw||posted 08-22-2007 05:19 PM||2991 views||12 times favorited||26 comments|
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