Just finished up a Rocking chair class at our new place. We are calling them “Woodworking Retreats”, since they now include staying in a cabin with the class. We live in such a beautiful area, with lots to do, that it only made sense to make a few changes and add some more classes. This rocker class was a very intense 6 days, where the student takes the rocker home and completes it for himself. In this instance the gentleman flew in from VA to make a rocker for his first grandbaby. He had some woodworking knowledge (made some pieces for himself), but didn’t realize that the class was so involved and that a rocker was that difficult to make. We all had a great time and he really enjoyed the class and staying in the cabin. He went hiking most mornings and sat out at night and marveled at our gorgeous star filled skies.
During the class he learned all the aspects of making a rocker, from glueing up the seat, to cutting the joints just right, to all the grinding and shaping and the assembly. He wanted to be able to take his rocker back home in his luggage, to avoid shipping costs. So the rocker was put together without doing all the final shaping (just enough so he knew how to finish it up) or glueing up. After the rocker was put all together, it was disassembled and packed away. Unbelievably it fit in two different bags, that he could easily check in. When he got home he started putting the rocker back together in its various stages, grinding, shaping and sanding. Not sure when he will have it complete, since he has his own General Practitioners Office that keeps him busy during the week. But the grandbaby is due in May, so he will have it done by then.
Below are some photos that were taken during the class. If you want to see more about our classes and all that we offer, visit our website and go to the classes page. We not only do one on one rocking chair classes, but seminars, one on one chair classes and we added bentwood lamination and vessel carving. A couple of minor updates will be made in a few days, but all the information is on there.
This photo shows the total seat all glued up with the cuts made on the boards, to indicate where to carve to.
This photo shows the first runner being glued up in the bending form.
Here Tom (our student) is getting his first taste of carving the seat with a grinder.
Tom is grinding the joint area, where the seat and the legs meet. He will do the final grinding and shaping after he puts the rocker back together at home.
This is a great shot, showing how far the rocker has come in five days. The spindles and headrest are being setup here also.
Tom is shaping the headrest
On the sixth and final day, the rocker is assembled and Tom finally gets to try it out. He’s pretty dog tired here. The rocker will be disassembled and packed for the journey home.
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-- Scott NM,http://www.shangrilawoodworks.com