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Project by Paul Sellers posted 05-13-2011 11:57 PM 4298 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a curly maple rocking chair made with hand tool methods.

-- Paul Sellers, UK http://paulsellers.com/paul-sellers-blog





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jhawkinnc

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#1 posted 05-13-2011 11:59 PM

Very nice! Looks comfy to sit in.

Welcome to LJ’s!

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Paul Sellers

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#2 posted 05-14-2011 12:06 AM

Thanks. It’s a design I worked on a few years ago now. I’ve made them with fully carved solid maple seats too and they are comfortable, but I really like the leather seat best for comfort. I use 4” foam and good upholstery hide which I get from the Leather Factory (Tandy) in Fort Worth. I’ve made them from walnut, cherry, curly maple, oak and good old Texas mesquite.

-- Paul Sellers, UK http://paulsellers.com/paul-sellers-blog

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mtnwild

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#3 posted 05-14-2011 01:13 AM

That’s a beauty!!

That’s a one man chair, nobody sits in my chair….........;)...............................

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

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lightweightladylefty

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#4 posted 05-14-2011 02:51 AM

Paul,

First off: WELCOME to LJs!

Now that’s a beautiful chair. The wood is gorgeous and the workmanship looks fabulous. And I, personally, like your design better than the “extreme Maloof.” The leather cushion really looks inviting.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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DocK16

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#5 posted 05-14-2011 05:29 AM

Welcome to LJs very impressive rocker. Obviously your first try @ woodworking LOL

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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Skylark53

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#6 posted 05-14-2011 05:37 AM

Beautifully done!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#7 posted 05-14-2011 08:25 AM

What a beauty! That’s a piece that will be around a loooong time.

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Brit

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#8 posted 05-14-2011 03:46 PM

Welcome to LJs Roger. That chair is simply stunning and I love that you created it with hand tools.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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devann

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#9 posted 05-14-2011 04:57 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Paul, I love rocking chairs, and yours has to be one of the best looking that I’ve ever seen. Great looking design, and beautiful job of workmanship.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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Paul Sellers

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#10 posted 05-14-2011 06:36 PM

Thank you Darrell. I made the first one about ten years ago and it sold straight away if I remember rightly. I don’t recall how many I have made now, but I am presently working on a new design, which it will be out in the fall. I made the original using traditional hand tools and did all of the shaping with spokeshaves and so on. The first few were a blast to make. I wrote an article for Woodwork magazine years ago on how to develop more traditional designs into something with more flair and we used this as the example.

-- Paul Sellers, UK http://paulsellers.com/paul-sellers-blog

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prompt

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#11 posted 05-14-2011 07:44 PM

nice to sit and relax on this chair.)

-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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jdh122

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#12 posted 05-15-2011 02:17 AM

what a beautiful chair. congrats.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#13 posted 05-16-2011 06:48 AM

Lovely, lovely chair. Thanks for sharing.

“Brazos”? Did you come to Texas to make it?

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Ted Pagels

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#14 posted 05-17-2011 10:36 PM

Wow! We all should learn not just from the craftmanship but the uncluttered photography! Nice job on both!

-- Ted Pagels, Green Bay, WI

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Paul Sellers

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#15 posted 05-17-2011 10:50 PM

Hello Ted,
I have always loved my craft and almost equally as well is photography. Digital cameras simplified many aspects over the years. Don’t suppose I’ll change now. Thanks for your encouraging words.
Paul

-- Paul Sellers, UK http://paulsellers.com/paul-sellers-blog

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