Double rocking chair - Lacewood & Walnut

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This sculpted rocking chair is built from 2’’ quarter-sawn Brazilian Lacewood and Canadian Black Walnut accented with Ebony plugs.

For this chair we laminated walnut to the top and underside of the solid lacewood seat. When hand craved on the top the lacewood gets exposed to reveal it’s beautiful and unique grain patterns.

This chair was a special wedding gift, although the chair could have been enough we added a custom foot stool that was engraved with a special wedding message that was on the wedding invitations. Both the stool and underside of the chair have the same engravings.

- Form fitting flexible back braces
- coopered headrest
- exposed Maloof joinery
- hand carved seat, arms and joints
- seating for two

We build all of our furniture by hand one at a time in our 2 man shop, located just west of Toronto, Canada. To view more detailed pictures or to view other work, please visit my Custom wooden rocking chair site, I also have a rocking chair blog on the site that you can see construction pics of this chair and many others.

You can see the accompanying foot stool on this site here.

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

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#1 posted 1353 days ago

I love the idea of laminating the lacewood with the walnut, then removing the thin layer of walnut to expose the lacewood. It trims out very nicely.

Yet another stellar piece Paul!

Are we going to get to see the matching foot stool?

-- 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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Canadian Woodworks

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#2 posted 1353 days ago

yes i’ll post the foot stool as another project asap, and thanks Jon the wood sandwich takes longer especially on this chair seat which is about 44’’ wide but it’s worth it.

We want to find some highly figured maple to do this with for a future chair.

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

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#3 posted 1353 days ago

Paul, I’m not sure that there is a word to describe that rocker. Absolutely beautiful, well done.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#4 posted 1353 days ago

Awesome I love it…. My wife just asked me to build something like this not sure if my talent is up enough for this yet…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#5 posted 1353 days ago

That is a nice looking chair. It would be a perfect wedding gift. I really like the “sandwiched” lacewood. Thanks for posting it.

-- Mel,

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#6 posted 1353 days ago

Absolutely EXQUISITE! You do all of us woodworker’s proud. Inspirational. Priceless.

Can’t wait to see the foot stool.

THANKS for sharing another awesome piece. Bravo!

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#7 posted 1352 days ago

Great looking rocking chair, especially the seat and back slats. Everyone will be inviting you to their wedding if you bring a gift like that. Seriously though, you are a true craftsman. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#8 posted 1352 days ago

Another beautiful rocker. Keep ‘em coming. Love the lacewood and walnut combo

-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA

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#9 posted 1352 days ago

Wonderful rocker. The lacewood and the walnut look wonderful together!

-- -Willing to try

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#10 posted 1352 days ago

WOW Nice Rocker

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#11 posted 1352 days ago

Paul Nice job, I had 2 questions. Any trouble working with Lacewood as far as allergies?

How did you reinforce the center joint of the crest rail, dowels?

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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Canadian Woodworks

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#12 posted 1352 days ago

The center joint is 6’’ x 1 3/8’’ long grain to long grain, there is no need to strengthen the joint, especially with a freshly hand planed surface.

The headrest is 12 pieces coopered and glue together, again it’s all long grain to long grain so it is plenty strong.

We did not have any issues with allergies, I’ve now done a few projects with lacewood with no issues. When grinding we use a dust mask, but when using the festool ro150 usually no mask.

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

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#13 posted 1352 days ago

Most impressive Paul great job and fine woods

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 1351 days ago

Very nice indeed! I see a lot of hours in that rocker.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#15 posted 1351 days ago

Stunner as usual Paul. The foot stool is a great accent. Just beautiful design and craftsmanship.

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

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