THE ROCKING HORSE: My first rocking chair

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Project by NíccoloJosé posted 04-30-2012 12:45 AM 7334 views 39 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t uploaded anything for a long time. I’ve been busy with orders every since my younger brother came back to the philippines and started selling my work and also accepting customize orders.

Anyway, this rocking chair was from my first collection. Its one of my most expensive pieces that got sold. I did not have any drawings because I was purely sculpting out the idea of an adult rocking horse. I sat on it thousands of times to get right proportion, I wanted to include a foot rest that you can rub and massage your feet on. I studied and researched on rocking chairs for a good week before I started to convert one of the chairs I was working on, into a a rocking chair.

Its made from 16 different kind of reclaimed wood from the Philippines (you can check my previous projects to see the wood materials I use). This piece took me 3 months to make. I did not use any metal fasters, just mortise and tenon, wooden pegs and use Glue Lamination to make a strong frame. I even brought a metal detector during the opening of my first exhibit so that guests would believe me.

This is one of my favorite pieces and I was a little sad when it got sold (no matter what the price was). I originally made the rocking chair for my dad as a gift but my mom convinced me I need to start selling so I included it in my show. She said, “This is your business now, you can always make another one.” Its been 6 months already and I have yet to make a rocking chair for my dad. I am working on bed for my parents. =)

The Rocking Horse is now in a private residence in San Diego, CA.


-- Niccolo Jose; Filipino Artist,

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#1 posted 04-30-2012 12:48 AM

Awesome job.. VERY unique..

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#2 posted 04-30-2012 12:56 AM

That is an amazing rocker. Very unique design, flawless craftsmanship, great finish, and beautiful woods. In other words: REALLY COOL!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 04-30-2012 12:59 AM

Wow Nico
This is as original as a chair can get,it’s a out of this world design.


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#4 posted 04-30-2012 01:01 AM

Move over Sam Maloof. Nico is coming to town. Very beautiful and amazing rocker. You are extremely talented.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 04-30-2012 01:29 AM

This is astounding! I second the Maloof comment, you’ve set the bar significantly higher, thanks for sharing this.

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#6 posted 04-30-2012 01:49 AM

that thing is amazing!

-- It is all in your perspective.

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#7 posted 04-30-2012 02:07 AM

Probably the most unique rocking chair I’ve seen on here, simply amazing!

-- Ryan

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#8 posted 04-30-2012 02:16 AM

Uniquely beautiful! I love the unique design as it’s whimsical and functional. I especially like the foot massager!

-- "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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#9 posted 04-30-2012 02:30 AM


-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#10 posted 04-30-2012 02:39 AM

That definitely works! I like your creative style. Hope to see more

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#11 posted 04-30-2012 02:44 AM

a prime example of why I “buddied” you so that I’d get notified about every piece you post here. Way to go, very interesting.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#12 posted 04-30-2012 02:56 AM

I would say you one upped Sam Maloof and I think he would probably agree! Your projects are all astounding!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#13 posted 04-30-2012 02:58 AM

I echo what Mark said….. I don’t want to miss a single project that you make!!! You never let us down, you always raise the bar ” a little higher” and then…. you exceed yourself! This is a fantastic rocking chair/horse and a fantastic piece of art! Congrats Nico, glad that business is going well for you also!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#14 posted 04-30-2012 03:01 AM

YOU rock!! -as usual!!!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#15 posted 04-30-2012 03:09 AM

So impressive ! Design,craftsmanship,appearance and originality all wrapped up in one sweet package ! So impressive !!!

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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