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Our newly designed bent wood rocker is made from black walnut and mesquite. 9ft lengths of walnut were cut into laminated strips and glued up into the form. Each sitting for a week. The arms were made from mesquite and were laminated strips as well and glued up in a different form that layed on the legs. The back lumbar supports were laminated strips, made from walnut with mesquite on the face, that were bent to form perfectly into your back. They flex slightly and contour to your back as you rock. The carved seat was angled so that the back hovered out over the legs and the front has a strong unique joint where it meets the seat. The seat and headrest were made from mesquite. The color combination of the walnut and mesquite blend nicely together making this rocker very striking.
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The longer I look the more I like it. Perhaps there's a bit of initial resistance because it is different. At first glance I too felt the legs looked a bit heavy, but I suspect that is largely a matter of the darker color exaggerated by the stark white background in these photos. The real thing, I would guess, does not give that effect. And after a bit that sense faded for me. There's nothing there that doesn't need to be there. There's nothing there but an interface with the human body and the rockers. That takes a bit of getting used to, because some of what's not there we would ordinarily think has to be there. I don't know that I can express what I'm feeling about the chair, but it seems to me that after a bit it is as if it comes alive to me. Instead of a dead framework, a geometric scaffolding, this seems as though it would hold you up with its own energy. Those rockers seem organic and muscular. I'm getting silly I suppose, but I'm really impressed. It shows much thought, great craft, and more daring than seems common. And if you'll forgive me for this thought, it looks like it would be a fantastic ride down a snow-covered hill. It's an exceptional piece.
Thanks for the comments
MGWOOD-The legs were left about 2 1/2 " thick for support. The leg/runner is the only means of support of the persons bodyweight. I don't think I would trust doing a typical 1" to 1 1/2 diameter leg like on my other chairs. Would You????? As far as the height of the seat, it is at the normal 18" at the front. So if it looks low, that's the illusion of the pictures. The angle of the seat is because it is sitting empty. When someone sits in it, it sits correctly. That is do more to the radius of the runners. Plus the extreme density of the mesquite, weights it back when it's empty. I'm trying to do original ideas here. So it's not going to conform to everybodies normal chair "Look".
Good looking chair... my only criticisms is that the rocker leg looks a bit thick compared to the lightness of the rest of the chair. It also seems like you sit a little low and the angle of the seat a little too sharp, looks like it would be hard to get out of. I like the overall feel of the piece and the woods you chose though.
I love your chair. I love the curves too. Are you inspired by the Sam Maloof type chairs?
I'm trying to build a chair with a shape similar to the outer pieces you have but with this shape all the way through it, with the exception of the seat piece which it also forms from the one piece. I was going to steam bend but decided it was too difficult.
We'll have to talk.
Nice chair .
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