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I was fortunate to see Sam Maloof demonstrate for our club last year. Amazing skill and a really nice man. Luck followed me and a local cabinet maker, Harold Dodson, agreed to teach me how he makes Maloof inspired rockers. I'm a rookie at this stuff and had no idea how well the final product would be. That's a testament to how well Harold teaches. Harold takes on a few students, maximum two at a time, and some of his work can be seen at http://dodsonwoodworking.com/. The wood is wormy maple but it sounds better to call it ambrosia maple - kinda like my shop is a "studio". That would add 20% to the price if I sold any of my stuff.

Only one coat of finish at this stage and as soon as I get my butt out of it I'll a few more to enhance the look. Right now the feel is great and the smile on my face large.

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That looks great! I have got to make one of those.
 

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Absolutely gorgeous. How long did it take you? what tools did you use? Is it sized to you?
 

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Stunning - and you should be proud. It look very comfortable, the wood is fantastic. You were lucky to find someone willing to teach you to make it - I'd love to make one like it.
 

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Hi Steve

You did a beautiful job on the chair. It will be a heirloom for your family for years to come.

Tom
 

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The laminated rockers are an especially nice touch. In have to say, a rocking chair of this caliber is where it all comes together, with the joinery and the sculpting of the seat. There is and artisan here in Texas who teaches a class in building rockers that I aspire to taking one day soon. Thanks for sharing this. Congratulations!
 

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Cajun (where I was married),

Based on my journal, about 50 hours not including initial stock prep and with lots of advice from Harold. I have some nice walnut for #2 and that timing should tell me more (longer I'm guessing as I try to recall the steps and neat tricks Harold knows). Tools were basic shop tools including jointer, planer, table saw, band saw, some hand tools and LOTS of shaping and even MORE sanding with powered hand tools then my hands. Sized exactly for me. I never knew how much goes into relative arm height, seat width and pitch, etc. and most importantly placement of the rockers so it sits well empty and loaded, can rock by the mere movement of an ankle and doesn't walk across the floor. If you have some time are are in the upstate South Carolina area I'd certainly recommend Harold.
 

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Steve,

This is a gorgeous rocker. And I love your wood selection. I can well understand why you would have trouble finishing it. The chair just begs for someone to use it. Very nicely done.

Thanks for the post.
 

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Hi Steve,

I'm with Gary, I have to make one of those as well!

They add charm and beauty to any room!

Beautiful job.

Lee
 

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Hi Steve,

This is a gorgeous piece of furniture. It gives me something to shoot for as I advance my skills; right know i'm just making boxes & bowls.
 

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Hey Steve,

Your studio sure can produce some nice stuff. Keep it comming. I am impressed.
 

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that is a great looking rocker! wonderfull job.
I really love the look of that ambrosia maple. looks fantastic!
 

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That is one fine rocker. Wish I had the mojo to make one.
 

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Fantastic work, Steve. Have you seen Scott Shangraw's rockers posted here? Yours looks pretty close to me, and he gets $thousands for his!
 

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very cool.
 

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Thanks for the kind comments and to those who have said "I wish . . " give it a go. I'm really a novice having called myself an occasional framing carpenter assistant. The first 'real' project was a poker table and with the excellent guidance of Harold Dodson in Pickens SC amazed myself with this chair. If I can do it, anyone can do it - as long as Harold is there. I;m sure he'd take on a couple more students.

Being compared to Scott's work is an extreem compliment of which I'm not worthy. I continue to tell people , I'm trying to get good enough so I'll feel comfortable giving my stuff away (soon, maybe but not the chair when I get there).
 

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beautiful project … hope to make something like this someday
 

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Steve, from one chairmaker to another this is a nice looking rocking chair!
 

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Steve,

Now that's a serious project. Your rocker is a bridge that I hope we all get to cross one day. Beautiful!
 

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What a nice looking rocker. It's also a testament to the student. Great job!
 
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