These rocking chairs were
designed over a period of many years. The goal was to build
a rocking chair that could be used comfortably for a long
period of time. A final successful ergonomic form evolved
as I learned through observation and experimentation. Particular
attention is paid to the lower back area where the form of
the steam-bent back pieces gives excellent lumbar support.
I combine this comfort with a design that shows the wood
to its best advantage. Influenced by various traditional
design themes, the result is a sturdy construction and clean,
strong look that results in a beautiful heritage rocking
chair that will last for generations.
Birdseye or Curly Maple is often used. These and other native
hardwoods such as Elm, Cherry and Walnut are carefully selected
and dried. This drying process takes several years as the wood
is moved to progressively drier locations and re-piled and
checked for moisture content. The lumber is mostly from local
mills and is cut according to my specifications.
The chairs are
constructed using a combination of modern technology and traditional
methods, and is meticulously finished. Some of the rocking
chair parts are steambent using techniques and equipment that
I have developed in my shop. Because the woods can respond
differently to the process, each part will be steamed for the
optimum time to minimize breakage.
The wood is
then finished with a hand-rubbed Tung Oil. This protects the
wood and enhances the grain. The oil is applied by hand in
thin coats and each coat is sanded smooth before the next layer
is added. The result is an extremely durable finish that is
easily repaired if accidentally scratched.
All chairs are currently priced at $2000. Cdn.
Applicable taxes and shipping extra.
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of the varieties available.