Classic Ranch made of Argentine Mesquite with Ivory, Ebony and Tiger maple

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Project by bkap posted 01-28-2012 08:26 PM 2362 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my newest rocker in my ‘Classic Ranch’ style. The classis name is for the standard Headrest or not my ‘Crown’ etc. The ‘ranch’ is one of my styles of the front leg. The Argentine Mesquite I used is one of my favorite woods. It is two and a half times stronger than oak and has beautiful grain characteristics. It is very heavy and durable although a bit hard on tools while overcoming this it is a delight to work with.

This rocker has a ‘Natural’ edge on the top of the Headrest, which the customer wanted, and this allowed me to add a similar contour to the back legs, at the top, for addition of Ebony and Ivory accents. The runners are laminated with Tiger Maple accents. I set the front legs to the maximum forward position on the runners for a different profile. The rocker is ‘balanced’ to a bit laid back position and a touch heavy construction for extra future usage.

You will note there are five Backslats with a ‘crescent moon’ design whereas I sometimes use a ‘full moon’ or add a ‘bowtie’ to the design. Many times I use ‘seven’ Backslats if the mood suites me, but always an uneven number of slats because this seems to be more pleasing to the eye. No big deal if you use five or seven Backslats unless you are making a design statement as I did on my “Aloha” rocker to simulate tropical leaves. With the “Aloha” rocker five Backslats with a wider front profile was my desire and it fit the space more pleasingly.

I hand delivered the rocker to a Doctor’s office, one hundred miles away, for the joy an old woodworker gets with every new project, to be used in their waiting room. Boy did I get a swelled head when all the Doctors, nurses, patients and visitors gave their accolades while admiring, setting, touching and feeling the wood of the rocker. Then when the owner pointed out “this is the woodworker who made this rocking chair” each, in turn, looked at me in amazement and asked questions along with giving praises. Boy is this fun!

You may see better pictures of this rocker amd more on my web site at

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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#1 posted 01-28-2012 08:46 PM

Certainly a unique chair ,good design and build.

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#2 posted 01-28-2012 08:55 PM

Simply beautiful. A little “Maloofy” but still different enough to clearly be your own style.

-- Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right. -Henry Ford

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#3 posted 01-28-2012 10:53 PM

Wow…not THIS is just beautiful! I really like how the bottom runners don’t stick out past the front of the chair like they do on alot of rockers. Lovely design :)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#4 posted 01-29-2012 01:20 AM

Very nice shape/design. Great workmanxhip!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 01-29-2012 01:50 AM

Beautiful, beautiful chair! Great work

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#6 posted 01-29-2012 01:59 AM

Looks super, great build.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#7 posted 01-29-2012 03:18 AM

I just love everything about that chair, and it looks so comfortable.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 01-29-2012 04:40 PM


-- Scott Morrison, Montana,

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#9 posted 01-29-2012 04:55 PM

Great rocker. I like how you have used the natural edge for the headrest. I hope to start building a rocker in the next few weeks. The seat has a very nice and prominent curve to it. What angle did you use when joing the seat board together?

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 01-29-2012 08:20 PM

beautifully done. Beefy and well curved..

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#11 posted 01-30-2012 07:41 PM

Motthunter, I used a (touch heavy construction) on purpose so your observation of ’beefy’ is perceptive. I most often lean towards beefy rather than delicate for a couple of reasons. I am a fairly large man and I remember a show I was in with one of Sam Maloof’s rockers. I must say I was a bit timid about setting in it for fear of doing some damage it looked so fragile.

Woodbridge, send me an email and I will give you the info to make the seat.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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