Sclptrued Rocking Chair

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Project by garysharp posted 11-16-2008 03:23 AM 3063 views 10 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Sam Maloof style rocking chair that I made in 2005 during and after I took a William Ng class in Anaheim Ca. His telephone Number is 714-993-4215. I highly recommend his class if you want to make this kind of rocker. The wood is Claro walnut from northern California. It has won awards in the California State Fair and The Design In Wood competition in San Diego Ca. I have spent 270 total hours working on it. The seat and the arms are totally different than the Sam Maloof rocker. When he saw it he told me that was a “very nice rocker” and that he liked the fact that I did not try to copy his exactly. This was the first woodworking project that I have made that has started a family fight over who gets to keep it. My solution is that I will make one for each grand baby and their mother. Yes I am making a baby rocker now and have been invited to submit it for entry into next years Design In Wood and the California State Fair “Fine Arts Competition” in the Sculpture division.

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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#1 posted 11-16-2008 03:44 AM

This is an excellent woodworks craftsmanship!
Great job.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 11-16-2008 04:49 AM

Way to go, Gary! I consider chair making in general, and rockers in particular, the very pinnacle of woodworking design and craftmanship, and hope to make one in the future. Thanks for sharing a terrific project.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#3 posted 11-16-2008 05:21 AM

This is a A-1 piece of craftsmanship…it has the wow factor written all over it… dude this rocks…lol…thanks for sharing …Blkcherry

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#4 posted 11-16-2008 05:28 AM

Very impressive work!! Excellent job, no wonder they are fighting over it.

Now if I get the time to undertake this as a project. Has been on the to do list for a while.

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#5 posted 11-16-2008 06:06 AM

Really nice piece!!!!!!

Now, I slap you with a dead fish for putting in a picture sideways. heh


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#6 posted 11-16-2008 06:22 AM

Nice work

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#7 posted 11-16-2008 09:45 AM

This is very nice work. I really admire you skill and patience.

-- Not my woodworking

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#8 posted 11-16-2008 12:49 PM

Nice looking chair, very much Maloof like, but I see many of your own characteristics into it. Good job.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 11-16-2008 04:08 PM

Gorgeous rocking chair, thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#10 posted 11-18-2008 02:46 AM

Beautiful chair!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#11 posted 11-18-2008 03:44 AM

Great looking chair!

I have one of those on my long list of things to build.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 11-19-2008 10:26 PM

This is a beauty! One of these days I will have a go at one of these chairs. This is truly an impressive piece, great job.

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#13 posted 11-22-2008 08:42 AM

Gary this chair was unbelievable. To sit in this chair is to truly understand and apreciate its perfect form. the craftmanship was stellar.

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#14 posted 11-23-2008 10:31 AM

Hi Garry,
Your chair is stunning.


-- I am knotty old and grainy.

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#15 posted 11-25-2008 01:33 PM

that is amazing!

-- Jiri

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