CHAIR TALK
The other chairs that we create are just as stable and comfortable as our handcrafted rockers and chairs with carved seats. We use the best joinery and testfit them as well. Depending on what a client requests, we try and tie in as much artistic creativity as possible, and still make a functional and comfortable piece. Our favorite part of the work and the most time consuming, is the hand shaping and carving. We use grinders, files, rasps, sanders, chisels and what ever type of tools it takes to achieve the look we're after. From the "Dog Ears" we like to carve into rockers and chairs, shaping joints to flow seamlessly into one another or creating a table base that resembles tree roots, all these creative techniques, reflect an artistic focal point.

ROCKING CHAIR SCIENCE
Our handcrafted rocking chairs are created with each individual in mind. Though we create a majority of our rockers to fit most individuals comfortably, we will also custom fit a rocker to your size and shape. Therefore, a taller person may need the rocker elongated, a shorter person may need it smaller and petite to fit them, etc. Our most popular seller is a medium size rocker that fits most individuals in any household. When filling an order, we take all this into account and create a rocker that will make you "the customer" completely happy.

The Back Lumbar support is a very important part of the rocker and chair construction. The lower back endures some of the most stress and strain in the body. Therefore, the lower lumbar support when sitting, is very crucial. We test fit ours to be sure that it fits perfectly into that lower back area. We then hand shape each support and fit it into the headrest and seat. We perfer to use firm spindles, because your back is put into a permanent lumbar supportive position. However, we can incorporate The "Flex Back" method, into any of our rockers should a customer request this.  
 
The curve of the headrest on a rocker ties in the comfort of the lumbar support, since this is where they meet, and your head rests. So the shaping of the headrest is just as important as the seat and the lumbar support. This is where we like to add carved "dog ears", "horns" etc. on the top, for an artistic look and feel to the rocker.

Next the armrests need to be situated just right, so they aren't to high or to low. You should be able to gently rest your arms downward, without feeling like your shoulders are raised up into your neck or that you are straining to keep your arms stretched down to the armrest. We do more hand shaping than most woodworkers. This process although more labor intensive and time consuming, make a piece flow seamlessly and more comfortable. There are no hard lines that your body rests against, just smoothness. The whole flow of the rocker from seat, to lumbar support, to headrest and armrest should cradle your body in comfort. Then the rocking motion should tie in the whole effect with smooth effortless motion. Our runners are laminated, which gives them added strength and stability and sometimes we inlay in a different type of wood for an accent. The runners should be firm and strong, since they endure all the weight and pressure. While rocking you shouldn't feel like you're going to fall forward or backward. You should feel as one with the rocking chair. The overall rocking experience should be relaxing and theraputic.

JOINERY
We like to use unique time tested joinery, such as the "Maloof style joint" in our rockers and chairs that have a carved seat. Some of our other chair designs feature a finger joint, which is another time tested joint that also shows off the unique beauty of joints.  

Using hand files & rasps to shape a  seat

Handshaped Arms
Beginning stage of a carved chair seat and the leg joinery. This shows the interlocking joint between the leg and the seat. This is one of the strongest joints and is very important to a chair and rockers stability and longevity, since they endure so much abuse. We take extra precautions, even though we probably don't have to and screw the leg to the seat and then add plugs, usually in a contrasting wood. This shows how meticulous Scott is and the fact that he wants each piece to stand the test of time.

Want to learn how to make one of these beautiful rockers? Go to our CLASSES page for more details.

A happy mom & newborn

SEAT JOINERY CONSTRUCTION
Shaping the joints together

Laminations in form for the bentwood rocker

Test fitting arms on Shangrila Rocker