As Iron Sharpens Iron, So One Man Sharpens Another -The Five Rockers

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As Iron Sharpens Iron, So One Man Sharpens Another -The Five Rockers
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The title of this project post is from Proverbs 27:17. I was reminded of this verse by a wonderful friend. He is one of those people who makes everyone who is around him a better person. I reached the end of a journey this June that has blessed me many times over and seems to have been a mutual blessing to others.

This week we had pictures taken of five rockers in a group with their owners. It was the first time I had seen all five of the rockers together. They were crafted from slabs of a huge English walnut tree full of figure and curl purchased on a wood safari through Pennsylvania at Talarico Hardwoods. The first rocker was for his wife and then one for my fellow craftsman followed by one each for three grown daughters. Seeing the chairs together with three girls who love their father and exude a love and respect for what he had produced for them was just remarkable.

These rockers were born of a relationship between myself as a teacher and a new woodworker who had a dream of building rockers for his entire primary family. He asked me if I would help him with make the five rockers a reality. He is one those people whose association makes you a better person. Every Tuesday night for five years we got together in my shop and worked for an hour or two on the rockers one chair at a time. We usually began each session with a prayer of thanks. The woodworking sessions and prayer have reaped many blessings. The relationship helped us get through the passing of family, illnesses and struggles with life. We celebrated new grand children and other achievements.

The picture of the first finished rocker spawned the out of the blue request for me to begin teaching “Maloof Inspired” rocker classes at Highland Woodworking. We celebrated that event together as he assisted me in the weekend seminar. From the teaching at Highland grew my instructional bundle publishing business that has helped fine woodworkers all over the world build their Maloof inspired rocker.

-- Charles Brock

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#1 posted 1366 days ago

Great story…........great rockers

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

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#2 posted 1366 days ago

Great story, lucky guy. Those are beautiful rockers you have there, and the chairs are excellent too…......:]

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 1366 days ago

I can’t decide if I like the story or the rockers better! :-)

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#4 posted 1366 days ago

Great piece!

-- Doug...

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#5 posted 1366 days ago

excellent story and rockers!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Kent Shepherd

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#6 posted 1366 days ago

Thanks for sharing

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#7 posted 1366 days ago

As the others have already said: Great story and a great set of Rockers.

-- John @

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#8 posted 1366 days ago

Great rockers and great photo!

At least on person should be standing, though, because for every five people at least one is off his rocker. :-)

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

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Canadian Woodworks

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#9 posted 1366 days ago

Great story and an even better picture

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#10 posted 1366 days ago

Amen, just priceless and thanks for taking the time to share…BC

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#11 posted 1366 days ago

Cool photo

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 1366 days ago

Sounds like a true Authentic Relationship and real church life….Thanks for posting and beautiful rockers at that

-- Childress Woodworks

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#13 posted 1366 days ago

A very touching story indeed! I would love to be able to share chairs like these with my family in
fact I can free up Tuesdays for the next 5 years how about it ….would you be willing to teach me :o)

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

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#14 posted 1366 days ago

Very inspirational work and story. Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Charles Brock

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#15 posted 1366 days ago

I have a fellow from CA coming in two weeks to build a chair with me in a Seven Day Class. The commute every Tuesday night would be a little rough I’m sure. Thanks for the kind words. The connections in life give everything the flavor.

My Best

-- Charles Brock

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