Ebony & Walnut - Custom rocking chair

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Project by Canadian Woodworks posted 12-08-2010 05:02 PM 3170 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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.

We used a beautiful piece of jet black Ebony, 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.


- Grain matched Ebony form fitting flexible back braces
- coopered headrest
- exposed Maloof joinery
- hand carved seat, arms, and joints
- Truly a unique and beautiful custom rocking chair that is about as comfortable as they come

We are finally happy with our picture taking abilities, I finally figured out a few settings on my camera to achieve the results we wanted. I do want to get a gray background sometime soon. I have my work cut out for me now to re-take pics of chairs we still have here, but i’ll have to settle with the pics of the sold chairs and tables.

For more detailed pictures please visit our website Custom Rocking chairs and Tables

We made a time lapse video of applying the finish to this chair which can be viewed on this site
Time lapse rocking chair video

Thanks all for having a look

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

22 comments so far

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#1 posted 12-08-2010 05:40 PM

Amazing and beautiful chair ,outstanding workmanship.

-- wood crafting & classes

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#2 posted 12-08-2010 05:57 PM

Another beauty, Paul! I really like the book match on the headrest. Nice work.

-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA

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#3 posted 12-08-2010 06:39 PM

Very nice, Paul.

How many hours does a chair like this have in it?

-- Childress Woodworks

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Tim Dahn

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#4 posted 12-08-2010 07:08 PM

This one is a great example of why walnut is often used for these chairs…beautiful! It seems the back braces are made from walnut laminations with ebony fronts, is that correct? I’m curious if the walnut lam’s are strong enough? I assume they are. Also like the maloof look head rest, more appealing to me.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#5 posted 12-08-2010 07:14 PM

Always a real pleasure to see your work Paul. This is another exceptional piece of art. Just beautiful.

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

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Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 12-08-2010 07:41 PM

Beautiful Chair!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 12-08-2010 07:47 PM

Thats a beautiful chair.

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#8 posted 12-08-2010 08:22 PM

Flat out awesome!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 12-08-2010 08:47 PM

Another masterpiece! Thanks for sharing and inspiring so many.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#10 posted 12-08-2010 08:57 PM

Nice work, i am woundering, how many hours did you spent on it?


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#11 posted 12-08-2010 10:02 PM

hi fantastic rocking chair outstanding craftsmanship

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#12 posted 12-08-2010 10:13 PM

It generally takes us anywhere from 50 – 70 hours to finish a chair.

We’re glad you guys like it, we sure do!

-- Joel Savard, Acton, Ontario, Canada -

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#13 posted 12-08-2010 10:40 PM

Outstanding for sure!!

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

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#14 posted 12-08-2010 10:40 PM

Another great chair! I enjoy seeing every one. I like how the ebony is only on the front of the slats. A nice surprise once you see the front of the chair.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 12-08-2010 11:12 PM

Timbo – Your right the back braces are made of 4 strips of wood glued together on a form using titebond 3, they will not break.

We recently flattened a back brace completely and it sprang right back to shape, keep in mind it was full length before cutting a few inches off, but yeah bent lamination is really awesome!

-- Joel Savard, Acton, Ontario, Canada -

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