Maloof Walnut Rocker

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Project by Les Casteel posted 06-28-2011 02:58 AM 2236 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Maloof nursery style rocker built for a new grandmother from Dallas, Texas. The Walnut is air dried from northern Arkansas and southern Missouri. It was finished with 8 coats of thinned polyurethane followed by heavy waxing and buffing.

-- Les, Missouri,

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#1 posted 06-28-2011 03:29 AM

Sam would be proud!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Eddie Elizondo

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#2 posted 06-28-2011 04:36 AM

This is a beautiful chair. You did a great job on this. I know it took a long time to complete, but the results were worth it. Good job.

-- Eddie -

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#3 posted 06-28-2011 05:11 AM

Beautiful chair! Maybe some day I’ll venture into doing a rocker, but for now I’ll have to just admire the work of others. Great job!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 06-28-2011 11:38 AM

WOW she’s a beauty. The wood is quietly stunning. Grand rocker, Les

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#5 posted 06-28-2011 01:42 PM

hi very impressive that is one beautiful rocker you did a fantastic job with the build give yours a clap on the back
the are a lot of hours invested it the making of that rocker it will be in the family for a very long time


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#6 posted 06-28-2011 06:08 PM

Splendid rocker!!! I recently visited Charles Neil’s shop and he had just completed a class on how to build a Maloof inspired rocker. After seeing and hearing what it takes to build one I truely am impressed even more each time I see one. Well done.

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#7 posted 06-29-2011 02:50 PM

very nice job that is impressive work

-- freighttrain,ky

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#8 posted 06-29-2011 05:07 PM

Les, thats an incredible piece of work.

-- RKWoods

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#9 posted 06-29-2011 09:20 PM

May I please come over and touch your chair. Looks very silky smooth…..well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#10 posted 06-30-2011 04:45 AM

Way to go neighbor! Is the view your back yard?

-- Joe

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Les Casteel

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#11 posted 06-30-2011 02:43 PM

Hey Ajosephg! Nice to hear from you. Yeah, we live on an “almost” mountain…1850 ft instead of the standard 2000’ for a true mountain. Hope to see you at Silver Dollar City. I’m featured in an exhibit there called “Wood As Art”. Come over some time!

-- Les, Missouri,

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Les Casteel

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#12 posted 06-30-2011 02:44 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments everyone!

-- Les, Missouri,

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#13 posted 06-30-2011 03:48 PM

How long will you be on display at SDC? (Too hot for me to go there for a while.)

-- Joe

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#14 posted 07-04-2011 05:24 AM


Your chair is a work of art. When attempting a project like this, the temptation is to rush to get to the “next step”. Obviously, you did not listen to Satan.

You should be very proud of this chair.

Sign and date the seat bottom! Your family will appreciate it.

-- Keith - Iowa

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Les Casteel

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#15 posted 07-04-2011 07:10 PM

Hey kbiniowa, thanks for the nice words. Each of my chairs get “branded” with a copper branding iron and a serial number. Sam Maloof used india ink under the left arm to sign and serial his. I burn it in and I’ve had inquiries where a chair gets stolen, sold, or misplaced and want to know the history of it. Its also interesting about “rushing” to the next step. YOU DON’T with a Maloof rocker…you proceed steady, slow with deliberation. After 74 of them I’m more careful with each one as I know what can go wrong! Thanks for the kind words!

-- Les, Missouri,

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