Walnut and Lacewood rocking chair

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Project by Canadian Woodworks posted 07-25-2010 10:45 PM 3198 views 11 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chair is a small version of the sculpted rocking chair I make it was built using Walnut and Lacewood.

The seat is 2’’ thick but made with 1.5’’ of lacewood then laminated with book matched pieces of 1/4’’ walnut, when the seat is sculpted the lacewood is revealed. Also the lacewood contrast really shows off the Maloof style seat joints, which had to be extra good but of course I made them extra extra good (-:

The bent lamination back braces are 4 layers, 3 lacewood and one walnut to add some contrast.

Also the rockers themselves are 8 layers of walnut then the top lamb is lacewood and the transitions from the rocker to the leg is also lacewood.

I must say I love how this turned out, I really want to find some nice 2’’ birds eye / curly maple and combine it with walnut in the same way.

Thanks for having a look

Canadian Rocking Chairs

Original design by – Hal Taylor

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

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#1 posted 07-25-2010 10:48 PM

Wow! I mean, WOW! Very nice.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#2 posted 07-25-2010 11:24 PM

Hi Paul,

Spectacular job on this rocker!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 07-26-2010 12:12 AM

These rocker are so beautiful and you did a wonderful job in const. one…thanks for posting BC

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#4 posted 07-26-2010 01:08 AM

Wow, great details. Hopefully your client will pass it down though their family for many generations.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#5 posted 07-26-2010 01:11 AM

A beautiful rocker and your choise and use of the lacewood goes very well with the black walnut. Great craftsmanship Paul!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#6 posted 07-26-2010 01:20 AM

Beautiful job Paul a real work of art.fantastic build.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 07-26-2010 05:07 AM

First time I’ve seen the seat lam like that. It’s beautiful.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#9 posted 07-26-2010 06:08 AM

It’s the best match of lacewood and walnut.
Fantastic job!!!

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#10 posted 07-26-2010 06:33 AM

Is it OK to use the word sexy?

If so, it is, if not, it still is.

The wood combination is gorgeous, and not just the use of the wood combination, but the way you combined them here.

Of course, well constructed, but the blending of the wood seems to be, at least, to me, the breakthrough here.

Well done!

And, might I add, I’d be proud to make something like this.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#11 posted 07-26-2010 01:58 PM

Wow! Great choice of woods. This is one of the best rockers I have seen. Very well done!

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#12 posted 07-26-2010 02:48 PM

Beautiful rocker, Paul. That combination and presentation are really eye appealing. I will pass on something I heard this weekend about 8/4 birdseye maple (since you mentioned you are going to build one with it). I was talking to an importer of exotic hardwoods from Cormark International, and he made an interesting point about birdseye maple. He advised me not to purchase 8/4 birdseye, as the further away from the exterior portion of the tree, the smaller the birdseye gets. He even suggested to me that the best birdseye is from a board that might have some waneing (sp?), or curvature of the trunk. You may have different experience, but I thought I would at least mention this before you invested in that much birdseye.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#13 posted 07-26-2010 04:00 PM

Very nice Paul, I was thinking of doing the same thing on one of my rockers, although I wasn’t sure how it would turn out.

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#14 posted 07-27-2010 02:03 AM

Stunning!! Great presentation of the contrasting woods.

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#15 posted 07-27-2010 04:05 AM

Awesome rocker!! Looks as if you are taking it to a new level! Keep posting Paul love the chairs!

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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