|Project by Charles Brock||posted 03-10-2010 12:50 AM||3163 views||7 times favorited||20 comments|
I am a professional woodworker, teacher and publisher of the Build A Maloof Inspired Furniture Series. Each instructional bundle contains a DVD, Book, Full-Size Patterns and On-line Support designed to help you build your Maloof Inspired Rocker or (available soon) the Maloof Inspired Low Back Dining Chair.
This rocker design I call the Maloof Inspired Rocker. Like so many fine woodworkers I was totally enthralled with my first sighting of the Maloof rocker. Most people my age (60) can tell you where they were when President Kennedy was shot or more recently where they were when they heard about 9/11. Likewise, most woodworkers remember where they were and how they felt when they first saw of a Maloof rocker. The flowing lines and seemingly organic qualities set it apart. Sam left us with the fruit of his visions and life’s work that are unmatched. I can’t build Sam’s chair, shouldn’t and couldn’t but the project is on the “Bucket List” of most fine woodworkers to finish before their work is through.
My rocker in 8/4 and 10/4 black walnut features maple and ebony highlights with an oil and beeswax, hand rubbed finish. The back legs have 6 degrees of splay while the front legs feature an offset turning. The spindles are carved from solid walnut while the signature reverse curve rockers are cold form laminations. The seat is coopered at 3 degrees and assembled with dominos. Its 5 boards are contoured with a bandsaw, Festool RAS 115, scrapers and sandpaper. The sanding schedule goes through the grits up to 400 and is burnished w/ red, gray and white 3M pads.
This rocker was featured in my DVD and has been taught to hundreds of woodworkers all over the world.
-- Charles Brock