Maloof Walnut Rocker

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Project by Les Casteel posted 1111 days ago 1481 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Maloof nursery style rocker built for a new grandmother from Dallas, Texas. The Walnut is air dried from northern Arkansas and southern Missouri. It was finished with 8 coats of thinned polyurethane followed by heavy waxing and buffing.

-- Les, Arkansas,

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#1 posted 1111 days ago

Sam would be proud!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 1111 days ago

This is a beautiful chair. You did a great job on this. I know it took a long time to complete, but the results were worth it. Good job.

-- Eddie -

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#3 posted 1111 days ago

Beautiful chair! Maybe some day I’ll venture into doing a rocker, but for now I’ll have to just admire the work of others. Great job!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 1111 days ago

WOW she’s a beauty. The wood is quietly stunning. Grand rocker, Les

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#5 posted 1111 days ago

hi very impressive that is one beautiful rocker you did a fantastic job with the build give yours a clap on the back
the are a lot of hours invested it the making of that rocker it will be in the family for a very long time


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#6 posted 1110 days ago

Splendid rocker!!! I recently visited Charles Neil’s shop and he had just completed a class on how to build a Maloof inspired rocker. After seeing and hearing what it takes to build one I truely am impressed even more each time I see one. Well done.

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#7 posted 1110 days ago

very nice job that is impressive work

-- freighttrain,ky

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#8 posted 1109 days ago

Les, thats an incredible piece of work.

-- RKWoods

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#9 posted 1109 days ago

May I please come over and touch your chair. Looks very silky smooth…..well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#10 posted 1109 days ago

Way to go neighbor! Is the view your back yard?

-- Joe

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#11 posted 1109 days ago

Hey Ajosephg! Nice to hear from you. Yeah, we live on an “almost” mountain…1850 ft instead of the standard 2000’ for a true mountain. Hope to see you at Silver Dollar City. I’m featured in an exhibit there called “Wood As Art”. Come over some time!

-- Les, Arkansas,

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#12 posted 1109 days ago

Thanks for all the nice comments everyone!

-- Les, Arkansas,

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#13 posted 1109 days ago

How long will you be on display at SDC? (Too hot for me to go there for a while.)

-- Joe

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#14 posted 1105 days ago


Your chair is a work of art. When attempting a project like this, the temptation is to rush to get to the “next step”. Obviously, you did not listen to Satan.

You should be very proud of this chair.

Sign and date the seat bottom! Your family will appreciate it.

-- Keith - Iowa

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Les Casteel

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#15 posted 1104 days ago

Hey kbiniowa, thanks for the nice words. Each of my chairs get “branded” with a copper branding iron and a serial number. Sam Maloof used india ink under the left arm to sign and serial his. I burn it in and I’ve had inquiries where a chair gets stolen, sold, or misplaced and want to know the history of it. Its also interesting about “rushing” to the next step. YOU DON’T with a Maloof rocker…you proceed steady, slow with deliberation. After 74 of them I’m more careful with each one as I know what can go wrong! Thanks for the kind words!

-- Les, Arkansas,

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