Brazos Rocking Chair

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Project by Paul Sellers posted 05-13-2011 11:57 PM 6544 views 7 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

-- Paul Sellers, UK

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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

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


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.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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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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#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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#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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#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

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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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#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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#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 Sellers, UK

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