Rocking chair - Curly Walnut & Birdseye Maple

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Rocking chair – Curly Walnut & Birdseye Maple

This sculpted custom rocking chair is built from 2’’ Canadian Black Walnut with a good amount of curl that really popped with our hand rubbed oil finish. The back braces are highlighted with a special piece of Birdseye Maple. This is a Medium version ( 5’ 5’’ – 6’ 1’’ ).

- Beautiful Curly Canadian Black Walnut form fitting flexible back braces
- Beautiful Birdseye Maple form fitting flexible back braces
- Coopered headrest
- Exposed Maloof joinery
- Hand carved seat, arms, and joints
- Truly a unique and beautiful custom rocking chair that is about as comfortable as they come, it may seem like we say this for every chair but we always mean it!

The Walnut used was milled by us this summer and kiln dried I have a blog post on my site about getting it all cut up on a wood-mizer band saw. From logs to lumber blog post

The Birdseye maple has heavy eyes as well as a good amount of figure, we are able to slice 8 pieces from a 1’’ thick board to get the lamination’s to keep the grain match as close as possible, but this maple had black streaks through it which kinda throws off the grain match because there random.

Thanks all for having a look, we’re trying to keep up with all the wonderful projects on here, keep on posting!
Paul & Joel

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

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#1 posted 03-25-2011 04:08 PM

Very nice job as always. That’s some really dark walnut, it almost looks like ebony.

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#2 posted 03-25-2011 04:12 PM

Whoa! I wasn’t expecting that when I clicked on this link. It’s absolutely fabulous. It really is simply stunning.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 03-25-2011 04:13 PM

It was harvested from 3 trees local to me, in Oakville, Ontario, CANADA we actually think it’s Claro Walnut because I purchased a piece of Claro off of E-bay and our boards look identical.

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

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#4 posted 03-25-2011 04:29 PM


-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#5 posted 03-25-2011 05:09 PM

Very fine…........Beautiful…............Looks very comfy….............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 03-25-2011 05:36 PM

Wow, amazing work.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#7 posted 03-25-2011 07:15 PM

You have an amazing talent, well done.

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#8 posted 03-25-2011 07:20 PM

Very well done.

It looks really nice and comfortable .

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 03-25-2011 07:22 PM

Sweet . . .

-- If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably a wise investment.

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#10 posted 03-25-2011 08:33 PM

absolutely amazing. The contrast between the walnut and maple is perfect.

-- -Joshuah

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#11 posted 03-26-2011 12:53 AM

Great work as always!!!! thanks for posting, you can never get enough of this type of work.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#12 posted 03-26-2011 11:27 AM

I love it.
It is a beautiful chair.
Wonderful work.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 03-26-2011 07:53 PM

AWESOME job guys. Thanks for sharing.

I checked out your “logs to lumber” blog post and have a couple of questions …

Question #1 – I noticed that the sticks that you use between the slabs have a unique, angled, groove pattern to them. Of course, those angular grooves permit additional air circulation / drying, even where the drying sticks contact the wood. Did you make your own or did you buy them somewhere? Appreciate finding out the source. They look like a heavy plastic of some sort that (I assume) won’t leave marks or otherwise stain the wood as it dries.

Question #2 – Do you ever re-stack your lumber, say, at the mid-point of the expected drying time (i.e., 1 year mark). I would assume this would help (middle layers would presumably have a marginally higher moisture content on the outside layers than in the middle of the stack) and in doing so you could re-jig where the sticks rest between the layers. Of course, if book-matching is a goal, you could always number the board layers so you could “re-assemble” the log in the correct order, once dried, and going into normal storage.

Keep up the fantastic work!

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#14 posted 03-27-2011 06:10 PM

Priceless work!

-- Niccolo Jose; Filipino Artist,

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Canadian Woodworks

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#15 posted 03-28-2011 05:37 AM

These are the stickers we use for drying Breeze Dry.

I’m pretty sure the stickers are hard maple or birch.

We don’t usually re-stack unless we have do, we pile the lumber for a few months then move it into a DH kiln, about 60-80 days later for 8/4 were good to go about 8% mc.

Thanks for all the comments!

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

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