I have many favorites, but this rocker ranks very high. A rocker is the top dog of chairs in my mind and this one is just so raw and refined at the same time. Making a new one always brings be back to Williamsburg, VA where in 7th grade, I was first exposed to quality hand work when I saw wooden instrument makers, furniture makers and a man making cedar shingles on a shaving horse. The smells of the green wood, the hissing of hand planes and the thunking of chisels and mallets. I am a laborer at heart. I love the making.
Below, I am in the middle of trimming the wedged spindle ends on the underside of the rocker seat. This rocker is to be finished with milk paint, so I use poplar or Aspen for the seat. A good wood for painting and strong but fairly easy to shape.
|Spindles are inserted and wedged 2 at a time.|
Below is the rail ready for assembly. You are looking at the bottom of the rail.
These two chairs have their second coats of milk paint. They appear a bit gray as they have not yet received their coat of oil and varnish which will saturate the dry looking paint.