Maloof inspired Rocking chair-Walnut with African Purple Heart

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Project by scott shangraw posted 05-01-2008 03:40 AM 12705 views 5 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Maloof inspired rocking chair-Walnut w/African Purple Heart-Had proffesional pictures taken of this rocking chair I posted a little while back thought I would share.

Following is taken from my web site:

Our hand made rocking chairs are created with each individual in mind. We custom fit a rocker to your size and shape. Not all rocking chairs fit everyone. Therefore, a taller person may need the rocker elongated, a shorter person may need it smaller and petite to fit them. Our most popular seller is a medium size rocker that fits most individuals in any household. When filling an order, we take all this into account and create a rocker that will make you “the customer” completely happy.

The Back Lumbar support is a very important part of our handmade rocking chair construction. The lower back endures some of the most stress and strain in the body. Therefore, the lower lumbar support when sitting, is very crucial. We test fit ours to be sure that it fits perfectly into that lower back area. We then hand shape each support and fit it into the headrest. We perfer to use firm spindles, versus the “Flex Back” because your back is put into a permanent lumbar supportive position. The “Flex Back” makes your back move and contract while rocking, therefore, making your back constantly compensate for that change. Therefore, this constant movement is not beneficial for the comfort and support of your back. Also, a “Flex Back” allows for to much movement at the joint area, where the spindle and seat meet, and over time will wear out and possibly break.

The curve of the headrest on this custom made rocker ties in the comfort of the lumbar support, since this is where they meet, and your head rests. So the shaping of the headrest is just as important as the seat and the lumbar support. This is where we like to add carved “dog ears” on the top, for an artistic look and feel to the rocker.

Next the armrests need to be situated just right, so they aren’t to high or to low. You should be able to gently rest your arms downward, without feeling like your shoulders are raised up into your neck or that you are straining to keep your arms stretched down to the armrest. The whole flow of the rocker from seat, to lumbar, to headrest and armrest should cradle your body in comfort. Then the rocking motion should tie in the whole effect with smooth effortless motion. Our runners are laminated, which gives them added strength and stability. Sometimes we inlay in a different type of wood for an accent. The rocking motion is very important as well. It should be effortless and smooth. When rocking you shouldn’t feel like you’re going to fall forward or backward. You should feel as one with the rocking chair.

“Want to learn how to make this rocker? Visit our “How to Build a Rocking Chair page for more info.
See other works by us:

Black Limba Rocker
walnut rocker
Bubinga rocker
Cherryburl rocking chair
Cherryburl rocker

-- Scott NM,

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#1 posted 05-01-2008 03:44 AM

Excellent example of fine craftmanship Scott.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 05-01-2008 04:37 AM

Oh, now that is cool! The purple really stands out and the joint looks very interesting. Of course the rest of the chair is very fine as well.


-- Alberta, Canada

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#3 posted 05-01-2008 04:41 AM

Another beauty, Scott. The contrasting wood is really striking.

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

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#4 posted 05-01-2008 04:45 AM

Excellent design and very clever detailing! What an attractive piece!!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#5 posted 05-01-2008 05:07 AM

this is incredible !! Love the mix and the PH running thru the rockers is awesome…..what kind of finish did you use ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 05-01-2008 05:14 AM

It is a pleasure to view your fine work. The joinery on this piece is exquisite.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#7 posted 05-01-2008 05:21 AM

Beautiful! Do you have plans for the photos?

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#8 posted 05-01-2008 05:25 AM

Very nice work, Scott.

You said you had the pictures taken a little while back- How has the purpleheart aged or darkened since the time you first built it ?

Thanks for posting.


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#9 posted 05-01-2008 06:00 AM

Still looks great!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Dan Lyke

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#10 posted 05-01-2008 06:16 AM

Spectacular! My sweety isn’t fond of purpleheart, but I bet I could sneak that into the house…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#11 posted 05-01-2008 11:23 AM


This is a beautiful rocker. The purple heart sets up a nice contrast to the walnut.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#12 posted 05-01-2008 01:04 PM

Man oh man that looks great. I would love to have a chair like that. It looks “Majestic”.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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Thos. Angle

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#13 posted 05-01-2008 03:45 PM

Great craftsmanship, Scott. Really like the use of Purple Heart.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#14 posted 05-01-2008 04:03 PM

Nice jointery. From a distance they look very organic.

-- Wonderful new things are coming! - God

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#15 posted 05-01-2008 05:21 PM

All I can say is WOW!
great looking piece

-- Jason, New York

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