The Maloof Library Series #2: Sculpting a Maloof Chair Seat

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Blog entry by ScottMorrison posted 04-02-2010 04:14 PM 8788 reads 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My woodworker friends…

Here is a brief video showing the steps involved in sculpting a Maloof Inspired rocker seat. I hope you enjoy seeing the dust fly!

Sculpting a Maloof Rocker Seat>

-- Scott Morrison, Montana,

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#1 posted 04-02-2010 04:56 PM

Thanks for the video.
You seem to have been using Carving Disc a lot for your work. I just need your opinion (through you vast experience with this tool) – between King ArthurTools Lancelot (chainsaw blade disc) and Arbortech Industrial Woodcarver with 3-carbide teeth Disc, which is much safer/easier to use for newbie like me? I have placed an order to purchase King Arthur Lancelot, but still have 10days to confirm (on the shipping cost quotation).
Thanking you in advance for your advice/recommendation.

1) King Arthur Tools Lancelot :

2) Arbortech Industrial Pro Kit

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 04-02-2010 05:02 PM

Hi Masrol,

I’ve probably used every carving device made, and find the best one out there is called the Holey Galahad, sold by It is much safer than the Lancelot, and doesn’t “jump around” like a chain-saw type of wheel. It also has the benefit of being more precise as well. The Arbortech is okay, but I still like the Galahad series better.

Hope this helps and thanks again for looking.

-- Scott Morrison, Montana,

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#3 posted 04-03-2010 05:05 AM

Hi Scott, that was fascinating. Can you comment please on something I’ve never read about the Maloof style chairs. If you were to just consider the seat, and not the rest of the chair, does the shape of the seat really add to the comfort of a wooden chair? I don’t think I’ve ever sat in a shaped typed wooden seat so I don’t think I can tell. Is it more of a form thing or a function thing?


-- Jim

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#4 posted 04-03-2010 07:00 AM

Good question.

I have many clients which say that the scooped wooden seat is more comfortable than a padded seat. It has to do with the gentle curves alleviating pressure point in your…um…butt. In this case, form follows function.

Hope this answers your question.

-- Scott Morrison, Montana,

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#5 posted 04-15-2010 09:01 PM


With the use of the Holey Galahad, do you go through all of their grits or only use one then go to a different media? Whats the life expectancy of one of the Holey Galahad discs?

Your work is great! I think it has motivated me to try building a chair!

-- Nick, Maine;

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