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Custom rocking chair - Zebrawood and Walnut

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Project by Canadian Woodworks posted 09-17-2010 at 11:07 PM 3607 views 17 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This sculpted rocking chair is built from 2’’ Canadian Black Walnut and Zebrawood accented with Ebony plugs. This is a large version ( 5’ 11’’ – 6’ 2’’ ).

This chair has 2 unique features that make it stand out even next to one of our other rocking chairs.

First the leg/headrest design borrows more form the Maloof design with legs extending like horns and with a more stylized bottom curve to the headrest but still using a coopered headrest to keep the grain lines matched to the seat and arms.

Second we used a beautiful piece of Zebra wood, sliced it into 2.29mm thick grain matched pieces and used it as the front lamination to add a very unique contrast to the Walnut.

Features
- form fitting flexible back braces
- coopered headrest
- exposed Maloof joinery
- hand carved seat, arms, and joints
- Beautiful grain matched Zebra wood highlighted back braces

Thanks everyone for having a look

If you want to have a better look or see any of our other chairs please visit our website Custom rocking chairs and tables

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com





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Corrigithian

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#1 posted 09-17-2010 at 11:16 PM

that chair is bad to the bone. Nice work.

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Canadian Woodworks

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#2 posted 09-17-2010 at 11:33 PM

good description thanks!

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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bobasaurus

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#3 posted 09-17-2010 at 11:44 PM

That zebrawood looks zany and awesome. I love the way the colors and grain flow from piece to piece. It must be an incredible amount of work to build one of these things.

-- Allen, Colorado

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Canadian Woodworks

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#4 posted 09-17-2010 at 11:50 PM

To keep the grain as matched as possible on the back braces we use a 1’’ think piece and resaw it to about 2.2mm to get 8 pieces. That is the most nerve racking procedure of the entire build just because there is virtually no room for error.

Other then that it a pleasure to build. (-:

We love how the Zebra wood seems to flow across the back braces, the colour fits in so nicely with the walnut.

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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mtnwild

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#5 posted 09-17-2010 at 11:54 PM

Nice complimentary wood. Very beautiful work. Great project.

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

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#6 posted 09-18-2010 at 12:02 AM

Paul that is just breathtakingly beautiful! Thanks for sharing a definite favorite!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 09-18-2010 at 03:08 AM

NICE in capitals.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 09-18-2010 at 05:37 AM

Incredible!!!

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

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Norwegian_woodworker

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#9 posted 09-18-2010 at 05:57 AM

Nice work. beautiful!

-- Lars, woodworker from Norway.

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KLorts

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#10 posted 09-18-2010 at 07:22 AM

All I can say is WOW great work

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Chip

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#11 posted 09-18-2010 at 08:04 AM

Stunning work as always Paul. The wood treatment and attention to detail is nothing short of amazing. I’m sure Sam would be proud that someone like you is continuing his woodworking vision. Really inspiring. Thanks for sharing it.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Canadian Woodworks

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#12 posted 09-18-2010 at 08:41 AM

Thanks guys

yes the sanding/finishing process is what takes the most time, I thank Hal Tayor for introducing us to abralon and Sam Maloof for teaching us to burnish the wood with a wool pad before finish is applied.

By using the abralon 500 and then burnishing with a wool pad, the chair glows before finish is even applied. Also the benefit to this is you can see any ” funny ” area that needs additional attention before finish is applied.

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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Jonathan

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#13 posted 09-18-2010 at 09:46 AM

First thing I thought was STUNNING!, but Chip bit me to it. The flow of the Zebrawood initially sucks your eyes in, then you notice all the other subtle, well-done touches.

I must say, I might need to stop looking at every new chair you make because every time I see one, it makes me want to build one! This project seems to be creeping up my list, with your unintentional help, no less! :-)

You come up with a new way to present each one of these chairs as unique pieces of furniture-art. Keep it up Paul, keep it up.

-- 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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sras

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#14 posted 09-18-2010 at 11:02 AM

Another gorgeous chair! I always enjoy seeing your work. Thanks for sharing!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 09-18-2010 at 11:51 AM

What more can I say, ditto to what everyone else said!!!!!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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