Detailed Rocking Chair Photos
In the photos to the right I exhibit in some detail the craftsmanship that is present in every chair that leaves my shop.
The rockers and the back braces are both laminated. For those who are curious; what this means is that I construct my flexible back braces and the rockers in my rocking chairs using a laminate process as opposed to steam bending thicker pieces of wood to form these curved elements.
The back braces are made by gluing up four, identical, slender laminate strips of wood I cut on the table saw less than 1/8" in thickness which I glue together and clamp over a curve. Once the glue dries the four pieces become one and retain the shape of the curve they were glued up on. The rockers are each made up of about 12 laminate strips slightly more than 1/8" using the same process on a different form.
A third and final item I laminate is the transition blocks between the rockers and the legs of the chair where they are attached. I then cut in nice gentle sweeping curves that bring the chair legs into the rockers in a seamless fashion.
The headrests are created out of 4. 5, or 6 pieces of wood that I cooper (like a barrel) and then glue up. Once the glue is dry I draw a smooth curve on the top of the crude curve and cut it on the band saw. See second to last photo.
Parker Converse Rocking Chairs 404 Pheasant Way Sarasota, FL 34236 941-232-5434 Email