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Rocking chair - Walnut & Southern Yellow Pine

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Project by Canadian Woodworks posted 10-02-2012 01:10 PM 12640 views 7 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inspiration 2.0 – Walnut and Old Growth Southern Yellow Pine

This sculpted rocking chair is built from 2’’ Canadian Black Walnut and OGSYP accented with Ebony plugs. This is a large version ( 5’ 8’’ – 6’2’’ ).

The leg/headrest design borrows more form the Maloof design with legs extending like horns, with a more stylized bottom curve to the headrest but still using a coopered headrest to keep the grain lines matched to the seat and arms. I used a beautiful piece of OGSYP with perfect straight grain. This piece is part of a small pile of lumber I have that was at some point barn beams that were milled up into 4/4 lumber. sliced it into 2.2mm thick grain matched pieces and use them as the front and back lamination to add a very unique contrast to the Walnut.

Features
- grain matched OGSYP form fitting flexible back braces front and back
- coopered headrest
- exposed Maloof joinery
- hand carved seat, arms, and joints

As with all my chairs I make this one was a joy to build, the Walnut I used was brought from log form all the way to finished piece 100% by myself, cut, dried, milled, sanded, sanded and sanded, finished and even pictured and now brought to the world via the internet.

I have much more detailed pictures on my site, here is a link to the page containing more pictures of this beautiful rocking chair.

You can also watch a few videos showing the build process of this chair and other pieces I build on my Canadian Woodworks Youtube channel.

I was taught by Hal Taylor how to build his version of a Maloof rocking chair, I’ve since added my own styling to his design inspired by Sam Maloof. The chair retains Hal’s main design features, coopered headrest, flexible back supports, arm to leg joint and angled joint at the arm to rear leg joint.

EDIT – I have added a picture blog of the build of this wood rocking chair on my blog – EDIT

Keep your blade in the wood!

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com





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HalDougherty

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#1 posted 10-02-2012 02:38 PM

Beautiful work! The contrast in wood colors is an added bonus. I’ve never seen elegant pine furniture that should be in an art gallery.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Canadian Woodworks

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#2 posted 10-02-2012 03:17 PM

This chair is actually going to a gallery called The Guild Shop located in Toronto, Ontario. This will be my second gallery showing my pieces. I’m excited!

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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lumberdog

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#3 posted 10-02-2012 03:24 PM

Beautiful ! This is one of the nicest rocking chairs i have seen on Lumberjocks, the combination of walnut and pine looks great and the workmanship is excellent.

-- Lumberdog.. Michigan

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GrandpaLen

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#4 posted 10-02-2012 03:38 PM

Paul,

This is a beautiful Rocker and the Walnut doesn’t seem to mind , humbly, allowing the OGSYP to be Featured.

A very fresh look and a fine fit and finish.

Thanks for sharing. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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Philip

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#5 posted 10-02-2012 03:43 PM

Chair. Perfected. Almost too nice to sit on. Wow

-- I never finish anyth

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Dale

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#6 posted 10-02-2012 03:59 PM

You’ve done it again Paul, that is one beautiful rocker.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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Canadian Woodworks

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#7 posted 10-02-2012 04:54 PM

I wish you could know how comfortable it is! I have to give credit where credit is due and that belongs to Hal Taylor the re-engineer of this classic Maloof design. Doing the coopered headrest, the perfect lumbar curve to the back braces and of course the wonderful rocking motion derived from the perfect rocker radius!

I could go on and on (-:

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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Surfside

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#8 posted 10-02-2012 07:48 PM

All I can say is wow! Truly amazing artistry and craftsmanship! BTW, do we have hall of famers or hall of fame section here in lumberjocks?

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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Fishinbo

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#9 posted 10-02-2012 09:23 PM

Elegant take on the chair. I dig this a lot.

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Everett1

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#10 posted 10-03-2012 12:58 AM

Wow
How long have you been at these? I hope to have talents like this

Ev

-- Ev in Framingham, MA

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 10-03-2012 01:13 AM

ANOTHER gorgeous chair from your shop! The OGYP looks almost like zebrawood. You did your usual fantastic job on this one. I SO want to build one of these but need more skill and confidence. I really appreciate that you took this from tree to finished project. That makes it so much more special but only a woodworker would appreciate the extra effort/skill it takes to do that.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#12 posted 10-03-2012 01:48 AM

Paul, your chairs are all fantastic but this one is exceptional. Congratulations on a wonderful build and securing your second gallery placement! I’d love to build one!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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Canadian Woodworks

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#13 posted 10-03-2012 02:48 AM

This is about my 25th rocking chair I think, I’ve done many other chairs as well and I have designed and built many tables in this same style.

My style and understanding the lines of the pieces I build has really evolved over each one I complete.

I have had this OGSYP since grade 9/10, I am now 29 years old. I knew as soon as I started doing the highlighting of the back braces that this piece I had would be awesome used as the back braces on a chair and boy was I right (-:

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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Woodbridge

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#14 posted 10-03-2012 03:35 AM

Paul, another great rocker!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Canadian Woodworks

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#15 posted 10-03-2012 03:37 AM

I’ve added a quick run down of the build of this chair on my rocking chair design and build blog have a look, hope you enjoy.

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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