Walnut and Zebrawood Maloof inspired Hal Taylor rocking chair

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Project by Canadian Woodworks posted 08-21-2010 10:29 PM 7535 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This sculpted rocking chair is built from 2’’ Canadian Black Walnut accented with Ebony plugs. This is a medium version ( 5’ 7’’ – 5’ 11’’ ).

This chair has 2 unique features that make it stand out even next to one of our other rocking chairs.

First the leg/headrest design borrows more form the Maloof design with legs extending like horns and with a more stylized bottom curve to the headrest but still using a coopered headrest to keep the grain lines matched to the seat and arms.

Second we used a beautiful piece of Zebra wood, sliced it into 2.29mm thick grain matched pieces and used it as the rear lamination to add a very unique contrast to the Walnut.

- form fitting flexible back braces
- coopered headrest
- exposed Maloof joinery
- hand carved seat, arms, and joints
- Beautiful grain matched Zebra wood highlighted back braces

What we noticed is that doing the headrest like this it adjusts the sizing, I would say the tallest a person should be for this chair is 5’ 9, because the headrest swoops down not up like our previous chairs.

Were calling this Inspiration 2.0 what a beautiful chair! Oh so comfortable the best yet in my opinion which does not matter to much as we’ve only built 10 of these, maybe when i’ve built 100 it will have some weight behind it.

Thanks everyone for having a look

If you want to have a better look or see any of our other chairs please visit our website Custom rocking chairs and tables

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#1 posted 08-21-2010 10:46 PM

This is so far out of my league it’s not funny. My wife loves rocking chairs (and says she wants to grow old with me, sitting on the porch and rocking) so I buy her a miniature rocker for each anniversary. One of these days it would feel good to present her with something like you have built. Very nice piece!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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Canadian Woodworks

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#2 posted 08-21-2010 11:04 PM

I’m telling ya check out Hal Taylors site he sells templates and instructions that this chair is based off of, my other chairs on here are almost straight from those plans.

If you were close to me you could build one at my shop, I would show you how! If not jsut give it a go one day soon but at least have a look at what Hal offers, his instructions are very detailed every step more so then other plans you can buy. I must say it’s a very rewarding experience building these chairs.


-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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Grant Libramento

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#3 posted 08-21-2010 11:44 PM

Another beauty, Paul. I especially love the Zebrawood detail and the dramatically curved headrest.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#4 posted 08-22-2010 12:41 AM

I’m with Spoontaneous, I would love to give my wife one of these, WOW!


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#5 posted 08-22-2010 01:27 AM

You are definately a master artist with wood, I look at what you have accomplished and can only dream that someday I may be able to do a project half as nice.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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F Dudak

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#6 posted 08-22-2010 04:40 AM

Incredible as always!

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

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Bob Kollman

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#7 posted 08-22-2010 02:58 PM

Beautiful work, really a great work. And it’s so shiny!!!! :)

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#8 posted 08-23-2010 02:47 PM

wow. I’m pretty envious of the people that can make these Maloof style chairs.
sweet job man. I wish I could sit it in. It looks sooo inviting.

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#9 posted 08-23-2010 03:54 PM

another nice chair, I do like the Zebrawood and Walnut combo, they really compliment each other well.

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Canadian Woodworks

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#10 posted 08-23-2010 03:59 PM

Were doing one with zebrawood on the front and back of the back braces for our next chair also one with ribbon sapele

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#11 posted 08-23-2010 09:40 PM

Very very nice . you cant beat zebrawood, fantastic job.

-- Ollie, UK.

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#12 posted 08-30-2010 06:16 PM

Glad everyone likes our newest chair! Be on the lookout for our next Inspiration 2.0 rocker.

-- Joel Savard, Acton, Ontario, Canada -

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Bob Downing

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#13 posted 09-02-2010 07:41 AM

I’m with Spoontaneous. Beautiful chair ! This is the quality of work I hope to achieve but my skill level is no where near this yet.

-- BobD Chandler, AZ

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