Rocking Chair Photos
The photos of rocking chairs on this page are detail shots exhibiting some of the joinery and woods that that I employ in the construction of my rocking chairs. The front and rear legs are attached to the seat using rounded mortise and tenon joints. The rockers are attached to the legs using four inch square drive screws soaked in epoxy. Both the back braces and the rockers are constructed using multiple layers of slender laminate strips that are cut from particularly attractive boards. This offers several benefits including the ability to match the face and rear of each back brace and the rockers from side to side. Laminates are also stronger than solid pieces of wood of the same dimension. Throughout I use a grinder to shape various components and to transition from one into another. This is done by eye and and results in uniqueness from one rocking chair to another. The adhesives and joinery techniques I employ throughout are all time tested and ensure that each chair I make will remain a solid family heirloom that will be passed down for many years from the original construction date.
I've made over 70 chairs since 2001. This gallery features a nice cross section of chairs so you can look at different design features and the variety of lovely figured hardwoods that I use when making these chairs.
In this gallery you can look at the joinery and features I create in each rocking chair. Customers can choose from a variety of design variations or suggest new ones that make his or her chair more uniquely theirs.
I have had four different shop locations since 2001. The equipment has stayed largely the same but the wood shop layout has varied from location to location so don't get too confused when you look through this photo gallery.
I've loosely cobbled together some of the more unique and expensive chairs I've made into this category I call "ultra exotics". The only thing these chairs really share in common is the extraordinary uniqueness of the woods employed in their construction. It may be a 2,000 year old Fiddleback English Walnut or a rare Amboyna Burl. Perhaps the chair involved extra engineering or specialty drying for a particularly arid climate. These are the very best.
Parker Converse Rocking Chairs 1781 Mellon Way Sarasota, FL 34232 941-232-5434 email me