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Project by Benji Reyes posted 12-21-2009 05:33 PM 8953 views 32 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tumba tumba (rocker) 2008- 50/26 ( 50 years of age/ 26 years of romancing w/ wood) retrospect exhibit.

I did my first rocker in’ 96 (seen in one of the photos). I was having lunch with my brother after a white water rafting trip down the great gorge when I drew the first lines on a piece of napkin. I was inspired by the whole adventure experience that all it took was just 5 lines to represent the side elevation of the rocker. I hurriedly went back to Manila to work on it and other new designs.

The rocker was a success and after 87 units produced, I revisited the design in 2008, 12 years after its conception. The Tumba tumba revisit was part of a major exhibition I did to show my clients and thank them for what I have progressed into as a designer/craftsman because of their patronage.

I carved the seat top and bottom from a 4” thick narra slab. The back splat is steam bent dao wood. The rockers are of dungon (iron wood) the two legs or frame is of Molave (Philippine teak) Dowels are a combination of ebony and molave. All the woods are reclaimed from old houses.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Benji-Reyes/88321902103?ref=ts





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GaryK

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#1 posted 12-21-2009 05:56 PM

Great looking chair! Very nice design.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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sras

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#2 posted 12-21-2009 06:06 PM

Wow! The combination of shape and wood choices is excellent!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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woodbutcher

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#3 posted 12-21-2009 06:07 PM

Benji Reyes,
Wow and Wow! This is absolutely magnificent. I’m sure that the rocker rocks well? The tapering and curved rockers are so elegant The tripod mounting of the chair with the curved back is most note worthy as well. It appears to have been sculpted around a particular individual. Wonderfull piece of work. Congratulations on such a successfull build.

Sincerely,
Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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Rj

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#4 posted 12-21-2009 06:11 PM

One of the Best rocking chairs I’ve seen !! I love everything about it .

Great craftsmanship & design!!!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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Bill Akins

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#5 posted 12-21-2009 06:21 PM

Wow, that chairs rocks! Beautiful.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 12-21-2009 06:37 PM

WOW! That is sweet! Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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dustygirl

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#7 posted 12-21-2009 07:00 PM

I love the design of this chair Benji.Very nicely done.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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Bothus

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#8 posted 12-21-2009 07:29 PM

Very nice Benji. Looks like it has good lumbar support. Makes me want to sit in it.

Thanks for sharing.

Bothus

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#9 posted 12-21-2009 07:38 PM

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#10 posted 12-21-2009 07:44 PM

An extreme design that is extremely nice! I really don’t have the words to tell you how much I love this chair and admire the workmanship that went into it. Now I’m going to go look at your other one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 12-21-2009 07:52 PM

Beautiful job!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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Puupaja

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#12 posted 12-21-2009 08:00 PM

I dont´ understand how you guys make this furnitures it´s so big gift in your hands..

-- http://www.mnwood.fi

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HenryH

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#13 posted 12-21-2009 08:49 PM

Very original.
It sets you apart from the other rockers.

-- HenryH - PA

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#14 posted 12-22-2009 12:41 AM

yeah, not bad….

Only kidding Benji !!!
If I live 100 more years, I couldn’t make something that cool!

I bet it rocks like Rolls Royce…..

-- Eric, central Florida

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Diamondback

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#15 posted 12-22-2009 01:02 AM

Unique and very beautiful. Impressive woodworking there. I can only dream of making something that marvelous. Awesome!

-- Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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