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Review by Andy Brownell posted 1678 days ago 2662 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Bent Laminate Walnut Rocker Bent Laminate Walnut Rocker Bent Laminate Walnut Rocker Click the pictures to enlarge them

I recently saw some photos of a rocking chair designed and built by Jeff Miller of J. Miller Handcrafted Furniture.
Jeff has been building and designing furniture for clients for about 25 years in Chicago. Jeff is also the reason I fell in love with designing and building fine furniture. I took a number of classes and worked as a part time apprentice with him for about 7 years.

This walnut rocker is truly a masterpiece of his career in my mind. This rocker incorporates both solid and a significant number of bent walnut laminations across a number of planes. In fact, there are few identifiable straight lines, and the joinery is just as complex. The color and grain design is only going to get better with age, and from what I hear, it is crazy comfortable.

Great job Jeff on this incredible piece, you definitely get a 5 star rating and review from this fan.

-- Andy Brownell




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#1 posted 1678 days ago

I have his book Chairmaking and Design, which I will try and put to practical use pretty soon. I will start with pine models. The wood is at least readily available here. I love the way he breaks down the process and provides so much detail and illustration. Cool that you have brought his work to everyone’s attention and it is kind of cool to have a brief anecdote from someone who worked with him personally.

Thanks for the post,

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#2 posted 1678 days ago

Now this is the kind of work ANYONE would be proud of. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 1678 days ago

Bent wood lamination is a technique I have only admired. Nicely done.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 1662 days ago

I also have taken classes from Jeff. Good patient teacher allows you to progress at your own pace. Observes and suggests alternate ways to improve methods and design. Recommend for all.

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#5 posted 1662 days ago

Cool chair .First time I remember seeing a review on someones furniture.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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