Rocking chair - Walnut & Zebrawood

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Project by Canadian Woodworks posted 07-16-2012 03:59 PM 10291 views 5 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inspiration 2.0 – Walnut and Zebrawood #3

This sculpted rocking chair is built from 2’’ Canadian Black Walnut and Zebrawood accented with Ebony plugs. This is a medium version ( 5’ 5’’ – 5’ 11’’ ) but with a headrest that has been raised by 1’’.

First the leg/headrest design borrows more form the Maloof design with legs extending like horns, 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 I used a beautiful piece of Zebra wood, sliced it into 2.29mm thick grain matched pieces and use them as the front and back lamination to add a very unique contrast to the Walnut.

- Grain matched Zebrawood form fitting flexible back braces front and back
- coopered headrest
- exposed Maloof joinery
- hand carved seat, arms, and joints

As with all my chairs I make this one was a joy to build, the Walnut I used was brought from log form all the way to finished piece 100% by myself, cut, dried, milled, sanded, sanded and sanded, finished and even pictured and now brought to the world via the internet.

I have much more detailed pictures on my site, here is a link to the page containing more pictures of this beautiful rocking chair.

You can also watch a few videos showing the build process of this chair and other pieces I build on my Canadian Woodworks Youtube channel.

I was taught by Hal Taylor how to build his version of a Maloof rocking chair, I’ve since added my own styling to his design inspired by Sam Maloof. The chair retains Hal’s main design features, coopered headrest, flexible back supports, arm to leg joint and angled joint at the arm to rear leg joint.

Thanks as always to everyone for having a look, I have some new pieces in the works, some on the drawing board but a few a close to completion so hopefully I will have some new pieces up on here shortly. For now keep your blade in the wood!

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

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Ethan Harris

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#1 posted 07-16-2012 04:03 PM

Now that is a beautiful rocker! Congratulations!

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at & also follow me on twitter

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#2 posted 07-16-2012 04:12 PM

Wow, what a beautiful chair! Thanks for sharing… I’m off to look at your pictures and videos… And I've got a broken tree in my front yard to get cleaned up...

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 07-16-2012 04:17 PM

Stunning…....I’m with Hal….a wee look at your pictures & videos is in order !!!

-- If you can't be good at it !!!!!

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#4 posted 07-16-2012 04:20 PM

You’ve done it again Paul. Beautiful rocker, I like the zebra wood back slats. I’m sure that Hal likes your styling, I know that I do.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#5 posted 07-16-2012 04:52 PM

Where to start.. the design influences, tight joints, contrasting wood choice, grain match, super smooth finish… it goes on, and on.

Very well done on all counts Paul !!


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#6 posted 07-16-2012 07:57 PM

As good as Maloof did.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#7 posted 07-16-2012 09:50 PM

Beautiful wood, great design, stunning execution. Nice one Paul.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#8 posted 07-16-2012 11:21 PM

Outstanding craftsmanship. This is a beautiful rocker. It looks extremely comfortable too!

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#9 posted 07-16-2012 11:37 PM

Paul, another beautiful rocker. I love the shaping of the arms.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 07-16-2012 11:41 PM

All i have to say is “BEAUTIFUL”.

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#11 posted 07-17-2012 01:23 AM

Your rockers are all magnificent but the zebrawood really sets this one apart. I could go on and on about your perfect joinery,finish, etc but suffice to say: I LOVE IT!

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

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#12 posted 07-17-2012 02:01 AM

Keep up the good work.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#13 posted 07-17-2012 02:14 AM

Paul, I had a look at the additional pictures of your website and had to add a second comment. This rocker is gorgeous. I like how you have sculpted the seat, it think you have gotten a great shape there and it looks great and the finish is so smooth looking.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#14 posted 07-17-2012 04:27 AM

Wow! I will never look at a rocker the same way again. Up tip now, it’s the best I have ever seen. Very well done!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#15 posted 07-17-2012 04:33 AM

Mighty nice rocker !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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