Cocobolo & Walnut Rocking Chair

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Project by Canadian Woodworks posted 12-17-2012 04:11 PM 4415 views 19 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This sculpted rocking chair is built from 2’’ Canadian Black Walnut and Cocobolo accented with Ebony plugs. This is a medium version ( 5’ 2’’ – 6’ 2’’ ) but with a headrest that has been raised by 1’’.
The leg/headrest design borrows more form the Maloof design with legs extending like horns and 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.

I used the beautiful Cocobolo species, sliced into into 2mm thick grain matched pieces to be used as the front and back lamination to add a very unique contrast to the Walnut.
The seat has also been highlighted with Cocobolo surrounded by Canadian Black Walnut

- Grain matched Cocobolo form fitting flexible back braces front and back
- coopered headrest
- exposed Maloof joinery
- hand carved seat, arms, and joints
- the most comfortable wood rocking chair you’ll ever sit in!

One more unique aspect of this chair is a book matched center wedge the flairs towards the back braces with the 3 center grain matched to the piece and the 2 outside braces grain matched to the rest of the seat.

Have a look at the build process on my blog - Day 1&2

I made a time lapse video of my self carving the seat and rocker leg joints, check it out!

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Also a video slicing the center piece of cocobolo for the seat

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Thanks as always for having a look (-:

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

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#1 posted 12-17-2012 04:13 PM

Beautiful Chair, excellent work .

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Canadian Woodworks

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#2 posted 12-17-2012 04:17 PM

Your the man Jim, thanks!

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

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#3 posted 12-17-2012 04:20 PM

Stunning Paul, just stunning. That book matched seat is too nice for me to plant my backside on.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#4 posted 12-17-2012 04:30 PM

Great looking chair,Thanks for the video also,makes me want to try my own rocking chair.

-- Bill in Mich

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#5 posted 12-17-2012 04:33 PM

Stunning, amazing, beautiful, awesome and every other adjective I can find to describe this work of art.

Thanks for sharing Paul.

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#6 posted 12-17-2012 04:39 PM

Wow. Just Wow. I couldn’t stop saying that looking at the pictures.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Matt Nudi

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#7 posted 12-17-2012 04:40 PM

I’m a sucker for cocobolo, but this chair is fantastic. I love it and looking forward to seeing some of your other stuff.

-- - Still a new guy to the craft, but always striving to learn more

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#8 posted 12-17-2012 04:42 PM

Awesome and stunning one!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#9 posted 12-17-2012 04:42 PM

Beyond Beautiful! Downright Amazing!!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#10 posted 12-17-2012 04:44 PM


-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 12-17-2012 04:57 PM

Hi Paul,

I was watching this on your blog, love the laminated seat approach, may try something like that on a future rocker. As always, very well executed! Cocobolo is always a good choice.

-- Richard D. Wile,

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#12 posted 12-17-2012 04:57 PM

the best

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#13 posted 12-17-2012 05:12 PM

Absolutely beautiful! Great craftsmanship.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#14 posted 12-17-2012 05:16 PM

Absolutely wonderful,


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#15 posted 12-17-2012 05:25 PM

As always Paul, another fantastic rocker, absolutley beautiful.

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

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