A Week At Hal Taylor's Rocking Chair University

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Blog entry by TedM posted 11-28-2008 04:53 PM 7848 reads 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In September I had the good fortune to spend a week at Hal Taylor’s Rocking Chair University. Rocking Chair U gives you the chance to work with Hal in the building of one of his world famous rockers.

The week I visited he was building a prototype of a new, smaller rocker that was based on a chair that he had built years ago.

This was a week like none other! From the beginning to the end I learned so much. Not only about rocking chairs but woodworking itself.

Hal is a great instructor that freely shares his knowledge, tips and tricks and more. It truly was a wonderful week.

If you are interested I have documented the week here on my blog:

Rocking Chair University Week - Day 1

Rocking Chair University Week - Day 2

Rocking Chair University Week - Day 3

Rocking Chair University Week - Day 4

Rocking Chair University Week - Day 5

Hopefully I’ll be able to start building one of these fine chairs in the near future. I guess this is incentive to get the dozen or so projects that are now on my Todo list out of the way! :)

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#1 posted 11-28-2008 09:11 PM

Now that would be a fun week. The story chair is quite an inspiration.

Thanks for sharing.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 11-28-2008 09:46 PM

I read the whole thing Ted and you are one lucky little man!
Looks like you got a better turn out at the moncton show than we got here at Edmonton.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#3 posted 11-29-2008 01:23 AM

Sounds like you had a fantastic week with Hal. I hope he sent you a picture of the finshed project. By the way, your blog was well written and your photographs were great.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#4 posted 11-29-2008 05:02 AM

Thanks for the post Ted. That must have truly been a great experience. Although I strive for perfectiion making Windsors there is a trust I have in the beauty of the chair. The style of the chair is already appealing to the eye, getting the symmetry down is where the art of the build comes into play. Thanks again I love these styles of chairs and this was enjoyable.

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#5 posted 11-29-2008 06:53 AM

My envy meter just pegged out. I would love to spend time with Hal Taylor!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 11-29-2008 07:56 AM

Ted, thanks for sharing your week with Hal Taylor. That must have been a great time. I would love to try a Maloof rocker sometime.

-- Martin, Kansas

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