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This is one my proudest projects. I had seen this style of chair many years ago and knew I had to have one.

I attended Palomar College woodworking classes for making "ladder back" chairs to learn the skills required to build this fine piece of furniture.

I learned how to rive and split wood to cultivate the strongest pieces possible (long straight grain) from "green" woods. The pictures of the chairs shown are "Cherry" and "Cottonwood". The seat for the Cherry Rocker is made out woven hickory bark. The Cottonwood seat was woven as I plan to leave it outside on my porch.

The backbone of the chairs required a steamer for steam bending and a bending form.

The Rockers needed to be more consistent (minimal springback) and were formed from bent laminations.

The Cherry was well suited for steam bending. However, the Cottonwood has very little straight grain over the length required for the backs so I had to precut about half of the backs into the approximate shape and then steamed them into their final shape. The Cottonwood chair was a fun project but for the most part the wood is too brittle for this type of use and would not be a good choice for production work.

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Nice chairs .nice weaving ,nice joinery. I like the long tails on the rockers and the walnut? lamination on the cherry chair. Welcome to LJs

Jim
 

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Very interesting chairs. I am surprised at the cottonwood. I think I would have left it unstained. The grain is pretty wild.
 

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Those are fantastic! Great to see your work. Welcome and congratulations, really nice!
 
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