Sam Maloof inspired Rocking Chair

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OOPS!! I must have screwed up and deleted the copy.
This is actually a Hal Taylor version of a Sam Maloof rocker. In between making tool rests for all you good folks I found time to make it. It took me three months and is made from Walnut with maple accents. I hope you enjoy it!!:biggrin:
 

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That's phenomenal! Has a lot of the feel of Sam's work without being an outright copy. I don't even want to think about how many hours of hand work went into that. Maloof was unquestionably the master, but I believe he would consider you an apt pupil.

I'd like to see Norm try to cram that into a 30 minute show!

However, on looking closely at the backgrounds, I find it hard to believe that work like that was done in a shop that is that well organized, clean and brightly lit. People who do work like that are supposed to be standing ankle deep in shavings in a dark cluttered little shop with tools and wood piled on every available surface :)
 
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So, what else have you been doing with your spare time???


Nice job -- great joints and the finish looks near perfect!!!!

Smooth curves are hard to maintain and you did very very good!!!!
 
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wow i think i see one small flaw....... it isnt in my living room proudly displayed. excellent work. perfect jointery and finish something to be cherished for years that is sure
 

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Thanks guys!! I'm keeping this one. It's my first, plus there are way too many mistakes in this one for me to sell. The next one will be better and I'll probably custom make it for my next door neighbor.
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That is just beautiful!!!! :eek: Functional Art at it's finest!!!

LOL, I had to search for the cabinet of clock Jeff was referring to. I was too busy drroling over the chair!!:biggrin:
 

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I'm thinking that takes a little more skill than a slimline pen! Some beautiful work! I enjoy the wood bending stuff. Thanks for sharing the process pictures as well as the chair. Congrats on a beautiful project.
 

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Very nice! And a great tribute to the late Sam Maloof!! Awesome job. Wish I had the time and the knowledge to do something like that.
 

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Nice shop, Rick! Tell us about that cabinet full of clocks.

Those are from a past life!:wink: I got on a clock binge a while back, I think I made about twenty of them. I had them all over the shop and was afraid I would damage one so I made that cabinet to put them in.I finally got burned out on them and went to making jewelery boxes. Got burnt out on them too. I started looking around for something more challenging and found rocking chairs. I saw a picture of this style chair and I knew it was what I wanted to try. It's BY FAR the most challenging thing I've done so far.
I see many more in the future but at around $300 each just for the wood I'm gonna have to find some PAYING customers!:biggrin:
 

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Rick,
The work on that is absolutely flawless. I've been looking at doing one of those for many years, but have stuck with the mission/arts and crafts furniture so far. (looks like several of your clocks are of that style) Also, I don't think for a minute that you would have a problem finding paying customers for a work of art such as that.
Good job my friend!
 

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Rick, beautiful job. You should be able to dispaly your next one that's nt for you in a gallery and ask for a nice lump for it.
BTW, what's the size of that shop and wich one of your son's keep it clean for you?:eek::biggrin:
 

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Rick that is a fantastic piece of work!
I have always been fascinated and in awe of Sam Maloof's work.
A friend of mine had the honor of meeting him a short while before he passed away at a party thrown in his honor by Thos. Moser.
I think if he were here today your piece would bring a smile to his face!
Outstanding!
 

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Great work. I live about 30 min from the Maloof home and museum. Have been there many times and even got to meet Sam before he passed away and take a little tour of his workshop. (they don't take tours through the workshop anymore). I also got to go inside to see the storage of wood that he has and has been given to him from around the world. The whole thing is absolutely amazing. If you ever get to come out to Southern CA, definitely put the Maloof home on your list of things to see.

Martin
 

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Beautiful work! I would keep it too. Way too many hours of sanding involved. Great looking shop also. I see you have a couple of tools. lol
 

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That's fantastic! The Maloof style rocker has always been a favorite of mine, and you've done a wonderful job with this one. Let me know if you get one finished for sale... I might be interested.
 

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Besides the time involved, I don't have the ability to do something that intricate and beautiful. Great Job! Obviously not a pen or clock. Talk about advanced......

I hate you. Your clamps are bigger than mine.
 

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The work of a true artist. There is an old addage that you can't have to many clamps in your shop. How many did you have to go and buy for this project? I hope the finish is very robust with all those curves everybody is going to want to touch it.
 

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I think it was around 150 hrs.. This was the first one so it took alot longer. I'm hoping that after I make about five I can cut the time down to about 75hrs.. The guy that showed me how to make them can make one in about 40hrs., but he's made over 300!!:eek:
 
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