|Project by NíccoloJosé||posted 04-30-2012 12:45 AM||6129 views||39 times favorited||51 comments|
I haven’t uploaded anything for a long time. I’ve been busy with orders every since my younger brother came back to the philippines and started selling my work and also accepting customize orders.
Anyway, this rocking chair was from my first collection. Its one of my most expensive pieces that got sold. I did not have any drawings because I was purely sculpting out the idea of an adult rocking horse. I sat on it thousands of times to get right proportion, I wanted to include a foot rest that you can rub and massage your feet on. I studied and researched on rocking chairs for a good week before I started to convert one of the chairs I was working on, into a a rocking chair.
Its made from 16 different kind of reclaimed wood from the Philippines (you can check my previous projects to see the wood materials I use). This piece took me 3 months to make. I did not use any metal fasters, just mortise and tenon, wooden pegs and use Glue Lamination to make a strong frame. I even brought a metal detector during the opening of my first exhibit so that guests would believe me.
This is one of my favorite pieces and I was a little sad when it got sold (no matter what the price was). I originally made the rocking chair for my dad as a gift but my mom convinced me I need to start selling so I included it in my show. She said, “This is your business now, you can always make another one.” Its been 6 months already and I have yet to make a rocking chair for my dad. I am working on bed for my parents. =)
The Rocking Horse is now in a private residence in San Diego, CA.
-- Niccolo Jose; Filipino Artist, www.niccolojose.com