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Stephanie's Bent Wood Rocker

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Project by scott shangraw posted 1216 days ago 3927 views 32 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from Black Walnut and Mesquite
Well this new rocker design is out of Scotts head and in full life form now. What a work of art this turned out to be. I was blown away when I saw it all complete. And once I sat in it and it formed to me perfectly, I was in love. He really out did himself with this one. He wanted the name to represent us somehow and therefore being the wonderful husband he is and knowing how much I loved it, he named it after me. I only wish I had room for it in the cabin. It was quite an undertaking to make. The leg form is a real beast and weighs a ton. As you can see from the construction photos it took a lot of clamps and some special bolt clamping that Scott came up with to ensure this was glued down just right. What a lot of glue also. It was a dripping mess. Each leg was made from 9ft laminated strips of walnut about 3” thick and sat in the form for a week each. The arms were made from mesquite and a special form was made to lay on the leg so the arm could suspend out and come up the leg. The back rest was made from walnut with mesquite facing and each one was bentwood laminations to fit just perfect in the back. We left the top of them floating in the headrest so they have a slight flex. The seat was made from mesquite and there is a very strong joint where it meets the legs and the back of it just floats. The headrest was also made from mesquite. The combination of the walnut and mesquite on this rocker is very beautiful.

This rocker got A LOT of attention at the Texas mesquite Festival last weekend where it was shown off. We were told numerous times that it was the talk of the show amongst customers and other wood workers.

If you want to see more construction photos please visit our blog www.shangrilawoodworks.wordpress.com

-- Scott NM,http://www.shangrilawoodworks.com





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 1216 days ago

Truly amazing. One of the coolest projected posted on here. WOW! The jig you made to bend the wood is very interesting. Thx for sharing

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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treedigger

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#2 posted 1216 days ago

Wow, that ’s not only a piece of furniture, that’s also a work of art!

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#3 posted 1216 days ago

Wow amazing Chair Scott wonderful flowing lines. A real A++++

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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MShort

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#4 posted 1216 days ago

You have such a creative talent. I continue to WOW with the other here.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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rance

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#5 posted 1216 days ago

Beautiful. And thanks for including the build photos. You can never have too many clamps, can ya!

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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toxicoval56

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#6 posted 1216 days ago

This is a very nice rocker. It has very smooth lines and looks very elegant.

-- The view only changes for the leading dog.

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shipwright

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#7 posted 1216 days ago

Absolutely great Scott.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Rogue

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#8 posted 1216 days ago

Boom, Holy cow! thats what I’m talkin about. I love it when someone comes out with something true new. Consider me blown away!

-- Rogue

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jockmike2

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#9 posted 1216 days ago

Wonderful homage to Sam Maloof, but very unique and beautiful lines. This is a museum piece. It looks so comfortable. Truly amazing work, thanks for showing us that a chair can also be a sculpture.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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saddletramp

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#10 posted 1216 days ago

Good Grief!! I thought that I had seen bentwood rockers before. Just go to show you how wrong I can be. It is utterly amazing.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#11 posted 1216 days ago

A nice place to plant your butt…....

-- mike...............

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tinnman65

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#12 posted 1216 days ago

Wow! This chair is amazing, its always nice to see your work

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

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swirlsandburls

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#13 posted 1216 days ago

All I can say is, if I could make something this beautiful, I might call myself a woodworker!! Seriously great work, one of a kind.

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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Verna

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#14 posted 1216 days ago

Gorgeous. Definitely a creation by an artist.

I love your work, Scott. It is just amazing!!!

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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amagineer

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#15 posted 1216 days ago

How long did it take to get the bend to that shape? Did you steam the wood first? This piece will be handed done to to the next generation. Outstanding!

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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