japanese rocking chair

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Project by aviad mishaeli posted 12-10-2011 11:37 PM 6745 views 28 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this rocking chair is only 10 years old but looks older sinc it was left outside for this Period. i did it when i was a design student in israel in a chairs design course. a friend gave me a wood Railroad ties and i almost Ruined the school workshop tablesaw by slicing it on that tablesaw. it appear to be some kind of rad wood and i have been told that it come from Brasil . i was in my “Japanese Period” and i tried to give it a jpanes Calligraphy shape.
this was the first time i ever did this kind of craft and it was a real callang . i gave it to my uncles and every time i come over i sit and look at it wondering if i try to another one again. it was left outside but its hold up srtrong until today so i took a pictur to show you.

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#1 posted 12-10-2011 11:52 PM

Man, that is a great looking rocker! Love the patina that has developed. Super design. Very interesting, looks comfortable too…..........................

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

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#2 posted 12-11-2011 12:00 AM



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#3 posted 12-11-2011 12:11 AM

I like the flow of the design. The weathering that has accured makes it look like it was discovered in a Japanese temple from ages ago.

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

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#4 posted 12-11-2011 02:53 AM

I like the design and the wood weathered beautifully. Don’t know if I would agree that it looks comfortable. Unless you’re one of those folks that thinks those wooden geta sandals are comfortable. Great job. Thanks for the post.

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#5 posted 12-11-2011 06:44 AM

Very cool. Good re-use of wood. The joinery and craftsmanship are well done. Thanks for posting.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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Eli Adamit

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#6 posted 12-11-2011 06:47 AM

Aviad, You succeeded to put into the chair the Japanese calligraphy. the uncomfortably which seems to be in this chair (I agree with what Tim mentioned above) connected to the Japanese characterized uncomfortably furnitures (from us Westerners point of view). I suppose you were the best creative student in the course :)

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#7 posted 12-11-2011 10:57 AM

You can tell it is Japanese because its side looks like a Japanese word, I am wondering what it means!
It is not too late to start looking after it and keep it as long as possible for the memory behind it.
So many trains ran on it and given to you by a friend when it was a sleeper and the story of the school workshop and that comfort it gave your uncle for 10 years and now its picture is around the world. For that, I think it deserves the attention of someone to take care of it.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#8 posted 12-11-2011 12:56 PM

Love the design! Very nice execution too. Way cool. Where can I get a plan?


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#9 posted 12-11-2011 06:21 PM

cool bean

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#10 posted 12-11-2011 09:54 PM

I really like this chair, thanks for posting.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#11 posted 12-11-2011 10:37 PM

Most cool a fantastic design.

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 12-11-2011 11:11 PM

Hi Aviad, All those years ago you were pushing the limits of woodworking concepts, as you are to day.
I wish I had half of your gift, for the ability to see the end result, from a pile of wood.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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aviad mishaeli

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#13 posted 12-12-2011 12:23 AM

thank you all . this chair is quite comfortable but too much confidence can make you brake your neck when laying back , it has some ballance problems . even so i realy like it . by the way i didnt mention that the main concept of it is no gluing and it hold itself only by its joints !!.

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#14 posted 12-12-2011 04:35 AM

Very serene looking design and i wish I could have a drawing of this as I sure would like to build one.
The Japanese style is something I enjoy building and find inspiring .


-- Kiefer 松

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#15 posted 12-12-2011 05:41 AM

Very nice!

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