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This project is a very special one for me and today was a momentous day for me when I put the first coat of finish on it. This is a Christmas present for my Dad and uses wood we collected from the land around his childhood home.

We visited a small mill in the woods owned by a friend of my Dad's and he had this wood tucked up in the rafters of the mill which had been there for a long (20+ years) time. He told me he had to have $2/bf and I could not pay him fast enough!!

This is my second rocker build using the Hal Taylor plans and went very smooth compared to the first one I built earlier this year. The challenge for me on this one was that birdseye is not a figure which is on all planes of the wood, only the face which made layout a bit of a challenge, I also did not really have enough wood to make a rocker so had to make a few compromises to make this special material work for me, it was touch and go but I made it work.

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This is a beautiful chair Richard ,you did an amazing job on this chair.
 

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You have created a wonderful looking rocker. Its beautiful and I'm sure your Dad will love it.
 

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Wow. I'm sure your dad will be more than pleased at Christmas. What a wonderful present. You did a marvelous job.
 

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That is one fantastic rocker. I just finished my second Hal Taylor chair. What a great story, your Dad will love it.
 

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Wow, this is a timeless piece, and meaningful too.
 

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This is an incredible piece. Your father should be thrilled.
 

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Awesome rocker… I have the plans enroute… hopefully I'll be able to build a specimen as beautiful as yours.
 

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Fantastic looking chair. Both wood layout and craftsmanship!!! I love your chair and I'm sure your dad will too.
 

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That is one fine looking piece of craftsmanship. Destined to be a family heirloom for many generations.
 

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very beautiful and special piece. No compromises I can see. Nice matching on the back of the head piece. I assume you used the same Abralon-type abrasive pads to finish the sanding before the final finish, it made the cherry rocker you made look great. Am right now finishing a rocker of walnut and hickory and will try your finish technique. Nice work.
 

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Great fit and finish on a great chair. Is it just the picture, or does the top rail on the back have the grain oriented vertically? If so, is there a reason for doing it that way as opposed to orienting it horizontally?
 

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Nice score on the Birdseye maple. $2 a bf. Nice craftsmanship also.
 

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Thanks for the kind words folks.

Ben, the vertical grain in the crestrail is one of the signatures of the Hal Taylor version of the Maloof style rocker. The headrest is coopered from six pieces which are beveled to give a semi-round shape and then cut out on the bandsaw. This provides a continuity of grain from the seat, up the back braces and into the headrest. This is the feature that sold me on this version rather than the traditional Maloof rocker with "horns" and a horizontal-grained crestrail. In my other rocker made from cherry, the sapwood joint in the seat and headrest align creating a neat visual effect.
 

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Very nice! Love that birds eye maple, and cheap, too.
 
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