Archive for June, 2019

Like Riding A Bike

June 28, 2019

Since making the move to creating all Sculpture, it’s been over 2 years since we made any furniture and about 3 years since we made a rocker. But when a previous customer had his home burn down in the big Paradise CA fire last year, thus loosing his rocker, he asked us to make a replacement. We couldn’t say no. Since it’s been a while making any furniture, we were a little slow on the start. But like the old saying goes, “It’s like riding a bicycle”. Some things you never forget. We may have had to refer back to old notes, remind ourselves of certain things and use reading glasses for some of the work (sucks getting old), it all came out beautiful and full filing in the end. When we decided to do the rocker, we also decided to make one for ourselves. I know, can you believe we actually don’t have one of our own rockers. But after we finish it up this winter, we will finally have our own.

Both rockers are made out of the same wood, but different styles. Our clients rocker is the Maloof style we used to do and ours will be the Shangrila II rocker. The wood is Curly Cherry and Tiger Maple. A beautiful combo with lots of figure. And once the cherry ages it will turn darker and be gorgeous. Since I documented the progress for our client, you can see all the stages that go into creating an incredibly hand made rocking chair.

These two pics show the start of creating a rocker. The first one is all the runner slices and stackers cut into thin pieces to be able to bend them into a form, as shown in the second pic.

rough sanding seat and legs

Next Scott has created the seat and all the legs. They are routered and joints cut. He then carves the seat and I rough sand all those parts.

The seat and legs are glued up and he moves on to creating the arms, headrest and spindles. The headrest starts out as a normal board. He cuts it and then flips that cut to achieve the curve in the headrest and it gets glued up. The back spindles are all cut out and ready to shape and sand.

The stackers are glued onto the runners where they will get shaped into the legs once they are attached. The headrest, arms and spindles are all test fit before sanding those parts.

Here the spindles are being test fit again before they are sanded and Scott starts the shaping of the legs into the seat.

The arms are applied and shaped in and then the sanding of the upper part of the rocker is done before adding in the spindles. It’s much easier to do this few step sanding process then to do it when the whole thing is together.

The final process involves attaching the runners. First they are test fit to see where they will sit. Then they are shaped and sanded before attaching them. Once attached and allowed to set for a day, they are then shaped into the legs.

The final sanding is done, taking it to 1500 grit by hand and sanding in between each coat of finish. Several coats of hand rubbed finish is applied and it is all done and ready for the customer.

So just like “Riding a Bike”, we were able to go a few years without making a rocker and pick it right back up to create this beauty for our customer. We hope this one is around much much longer for him.

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