|Project by sricks||posted 06-16-2008 10:43 PM||1675 views||3 times favorited||15 comments|
It is only fitting that this is the first project I will post on LumberJocks as it is the work that I am the most proud. I started this chair just about 2 years ago at a class at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. I made a lot of progress during that week, but I had the biggest hurdle ahead of me. I bought the Sam Maloof book and kept comparing my Chair to his. It was not until I got past the mental hurdle that my chair would never be a Maloof chair, so just go make it a Ricks Chair, that I was able to finally start the sculpturing process.
From that point on things went pretty well. In fact, I was at the second round of sanding when it happened. You know, that major setback that is almost not recoverable. I had grabbed my sander to pull it out of the way when the cord got one of the rockers and pulled the whole chair off of my bench and on to the floor. I could barely look, but when I did I saw the one arm broke off and two of the legs had split. I turned the power off to the shop and walked out. My wife and son had never seen me like that so they went to inspect the damage. They confirmed that it was as bad as I thought.
I had set many goals for the completion of the chair – My next class at MASW, Christmas, and finally the birth of my second son. My son’s due date was two weeks away when the accident happened and I had reconciled myself to buying a rocking chair for my wife. Little did I know that a couple of days later my wife contacted Sam Maloof with my story and asked for his help. He asked her to send him some pictures and he would be glad to make some notes and send them back to me. Just before the weekend, I recieved a package out of the blue from Sam. It included the pictures my wife sent with notes on how to fix the chair and a signed sculptured arm from Sam that said “Chin Up, you can do it!”
That got me going and by the end of the weekend the major damage was repaired. I got the chair done a week after my son was born and we are all enjoying it.
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