Rocking chair made from figured Black Walnut

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Project by scott shangraw posted 10-06-2011 11:50 PM 4355 views 6 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This incredible rocker was made from Oregon Black walnut and had a lot of figure. The second of our Shangrila II rockers, it is full of curves, making it an artistic focal point. All the curves involve a lot of labor intensive carving and hand shaping. But it is well worth it. The back supports are bentwood laminations that flex as you move. This back has been very popular, due to the extreme comfort and we will continue them in our rockers. We perfected them even more, so they have a better flex and won’t start squeaking over time with the movement or break. The process of lining them up and getting the right angle is more involved, but ensures a better feel to the back. The grain on this rocker was incredible. Scott was sure to book match the lumbar supports, making them very striking and the figure throughout this rocker was stunning. Wish we would have been able to get professional pictures of this one. Hopefully next time. We’re in the process of making more as we speak.

To see more of our rockers visit the below links

Shangrila Rocker made from mesquite

Stephanie's Bentwood Rocker made from walnut and mesquite

Maloof style rocker with wrapped joints

NM Porch rocker

-- Scott NM,

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#1 posted 10-06-2011 11:56 PM

Awesome piece looks great.

-- J Wrench Syracuse New York

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#2 posted 10-06-2011 11:56 PM

Awesome wood and project. Is there a reason for the grain orientation on top of the chair, or artistic preference? great looking chair.

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#3 posted 10-07-2011 12:45 AM

Beautiful work.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#4 posted 10-07-2011 01:01 AM

Very beautiful craftsmanship and great walnut.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 10-07-2011 01:30 AM

Holy moly, that’s spectacular. Tons of quilt on the back. The seat shape is very organic. Love it.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 10-07-2011 04:08 AM

I love claro black walnut! Beautifully done!

-- "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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#7 posted 10-07-2011 05:15 AM

I haven’t been around much lately but sure thought this deserved a well done.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 10-07-2011 08:20 AM

Another great piece Scott.
Beautiful wood like that should never be wasted and as long as it finds it’s way to you, it certainly won’t be.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#9 posted 10-07-2011 09:25 AM


-- Jiri

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#10 posted 10-07-2011 10:45 AM

Great looking chair!

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

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#11 posted 10-07-2011 11:50 AM

Love the lines of the gracefully curved chair and after checking your gallery pictures want to say you are a true artist. I was wondering as a rookie why use so many smaller pieces for the headrest does this wood figure only show when cut in this way?

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#12 posted 10-07-2011 04:15 PM

Great Job! I keep telling myself I’m going to build one of those.

-- "If a man is alone in the forrest with no woman to hear him. Is he still Wrong?"

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#13 posted 10-07-2011 04:54 PM

That’s a beauty!

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#14 posted 10-09-2011 06:37 AM

Nice work Scott! I have started building my first one and loving the process, If your into making saw dust this is the project to build. I started about 4 weeks ago and finished the jigs, now I am on the seat and will start scooping next week after I finish cutting the leg joints. What finish do you use and do you wipe of spray?

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#15 posted 10-09-2011 02:46 PM


-- Anton, Kyiv/Ukraine

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