|Project by Jon Spelbring||posted 02-20-2010 04:22 PM||2516 views||9 times favorited||20 comments|
This all started better than a year ago. I found out my youngest sister was pregnant, and she asked if I would make something for her new baby’s nursery. Now, she had in mind a little book case, or maybe a toybox. After thinking about it for awhile, I asked if she would like a rocking chair. She was thrilled with the idea. I pulled some images off the web of various styles and sent them to her. As soon as she saw the Maloof style chair, her decision was made. I was pretty excited about it too. At that time, I had only built one piece of furniture – a small oak tabouret. So, I started reading up on Maloof, and signed up for a weekend class at the Woodcraft in Atlanta taught by Charles Brock.
I was in so far over my head that I was afraid my nose would start to bleed! But, taking my time, breaking down each task, and making a ton of mistakes, I finally managed to complete it. I’m told it gets daily use (I live in Illinois, and my sister lives in Arizona). I learned a lot, bought lots of tools, and had fun (mostly).
The chair in made of Walnut, with ebony and maple accents. The finish in Maloof’s topcoat over Arm R Seal.
My thanks goes out to Sam Maloof for creating the style, Charles Brock for answering my many questions both during the class, and the long build process, and my sister, for patiently waiting.
The last pic is the finished chair at the Pak N Wrap for shipping to its new home in Arizona.
-- To do is to be