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03-27-2017 02:27 AM

New Quick Classes—-Two Days.
I will personally demonstrate all aspects of building the Sam Maloof style rocking chair. You get the full size patterns and Seminar Text. We will spend two days in demonstration with question and answer times. Beginning in June 2017 and each week until the end Oct. 2017 classes will be open to first come. See pictures,etc at my web site kappelusa.com

-- Rocking Chair Guy


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#1 posted 03-27-2017 07:17 AM

Hey Bill, Wish I were closer to take advantage of your knowledge. I checked your Web page and I liked your dialog! A lot of folks in your area might see what a great deal this is.

Best of luck!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 03-27-2017 04:56 PM

Being in my mid eighties, these past sixty years, two things have been of particular interest to me and they are teaching and woodworking. I have been blessed to be able to combine the two on occasions. For over twenty years I have been giving classes on building the Sam Maloof style rocking chairs. Now however a six day class is a bit too much considering my arthritis, in my hands, is getting worse and a recent heart operation is slowing me to the point of reconsidering reducing the six day class to a two day class. A couple of other things also are helping this class reduction. One is I have been able to reduce the ‘class fee’ some seven times or 1/7’th of the former cost. The other is I have learned how to give the full class, with all the good stuff, in two days. Now any woodworker can come to class and easily recoup the cost by making family, friends or customers a rocker for fun and profit.

Years ago I offered the ‘Free Text’ for building these rocker then I posted free videos on my web site kappelusa.com with blog space for any woodworker to enjoy. I do sell upgraded text and full size patterns for almost nothing just to keep the freeloaders off my back. Now I am making a last attempt to give classes for a base price because I am thinking this may be my last year of being able to give classes.

Years ago when I meat Sam Maloof I was impressed with his chairs in particular the leg to seat joint. I knew, as most woodworkers, that a chair’s weakest part is this seat-to-leg joint. Historically some woodworkers had recognized this weakness and fumbled with the problem until Mr. Maloof presented his solution.

I am a somewhat large man at 6’3 and some 230 lbs when I first meat Sam Maloof and saw his chairs. At the time I was a bit timid to try seating in his rocker thinking it a little on the flimsy side. I didn’t want to break one of those expensive rockers. A couple things stood out in my mind about his rockers. One; the style or design is easily adapted to an individual’s liking and two; I was interested in making an ‘Heirloom’ item for my children and their children and so on to enjoy. I went to work designing a rocker, with Sam’s leg joint, and my ideas for an heirloom item. I didn’t want a bulky or too robust of a rocker, but sufficient strength to withstand generations of use. What I came up with can be seen on my web site kappelusa.com in the various style rockers I have built over the years. Design or style is easily adapted to the individuals liking however one other important feature was lacking and I design this feature into all my rockers. One of my first commissioned rockers was for an Army General. I asked him if he liked reading and he said he was an avid reader so I make his rocker in a more upright balanced position for ease of reading.

I my home are six rockers, each of a different style and balance position. Recently one of my grandsons came to visit with his one year old, for the first time. While he tried out all my rockers one in particular fancied his temperament. Each of these rockers are sized and balanced in their own peculiar way, as I believe all custom rockers should be.

Wood choice is of paramount consideration when designing a custom rocker. Lots of wood species are available to choose from, but one thing is needful to consider and that is durability. The world of hardwoods is by far the best choice. Color, grain etc. are important. One of my favorite woods is the Argentine Mesquite although I have in stock and have used the Texas Honey Mesquite both of which are two and half times stronger than Oak. In all cases, no matter what wood I use to build the rocker I use Mesquite on the bottom of the runners because it is so durable.

This post is getting too long so for now I will forbear and close. In the future, if there is any interest, I may add more comments about rockers.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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#3 posted 03-27-2017 06:24 PM

I’ll could you pm me how to get a hold of you I tried emailing you for plans to no avail.

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#4 posted 03-28-2017 04:55 PM

My emai is bill@kappelusa.com or billkappel@yahoo.com or billkappel135@gmail.com. Any of these will work. Sorry for the problem.

Go to my web site at kappelusa.com to check out the FREE text, see ‘supplies’ page.

I am also giving a new two day class on how to build the Maloof style rocker, this will be the best yet; a lot less money and you get all the good info stuff without the extra time.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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#5 posted 03-29-2017 02:08 AM

Bill do you send out the patterns or would I have to print them?

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#6 posted 03-29-2017 04:35 PM

The full size patterns and the 70 page seminar text will be given out at the beginning of each new class. This new ‘Quick Class’ also has additional new patterns made just for this class. Wait until you see the short cuts I have built into this new class. You will be able to build these rockers in much less time than it has taken me over the past 35 years. Don’t know why I didn’t think of these new methods before. I guess I have had more time to think while lying in bed recuperating from gout or arthritis and my heart surgery .

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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