Seven Day Hands-On Sculptured Rocker Classes
October 21-27, 2013 (Spring Hill, TN)
1 Bench Available
Jan 13-19, 2014 (Spring Hill, TN)
5 benches Available
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August 2010 "Build Your Maloof Inspired Rocker with Charles Brock" Class Read the Article and Slide Show
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This is the ultimate woodworking class experience. Imagine being immersed into a total woodworking experience that will change the way you do woodworking forever.
Whether you need to build that rocker for rocking your first baby or grand baby, the family, yourself or to start a career as a chair maker I will help you jump start your dream. This is a "bucket list" project that will set you apart from all the "square" projects and launch you into a world of curves, lines and undulating surfaces. Learn to sculpt lines that will pop out and move the observers eyes.
Dailey Class Description
Students all start with 8/4 and 10/4 prepared walnut stock. They began by crafting coopered seats so their seat can have that “Smile”. After cutting the seat to width they cut their notches in the seat to begin the signature joinery. Each woodworker individually glues up a set of laminations to make their reverse curve rocker skids. I demonstrate spindle making using a bandsaw, patterns, rasps and scrapers of various shapes and sizes. Seven spindles have to be made for each rocker.
Each student rabbets the seat joints at the router table. I demonstrate the process for laying out the seat bowl and removing waste at the band saw before glue-up. While each waits their turn at the band saws more spindle carving and skid glue-ups take place. We begin shaping seat boards with an angle grinder.
We glue on adder blocks at the seat stems. These will be ready by afternoon for some tapering, dadoing, rounding and fitting to the seat joints. We fit the front legs to the seat joints by cutting the dados on three sides before rounding the edges over at the router table. Router planes, sanding blocks and floats fit them to the rabbeted notches. Then we band saw the profiles and turn them on a lathe. Also more spindle making and as many have said, “Back to the rasp”! other students finish their skids. After all is done, we glue up the seats!
We started grinding the seat bowls into the signature contours that make this a wonderful rocker.. After drilling holes and driving screws we were all legged up by the end of the day.
Next we learn to fit, band saw and sculpt a set of arms. We worked at that for most of the day!
We also worked on seat, and leg refinements, spindle reconciling and gluing transitions.
Everybody works on arms, skids, spindles, and such before starting on headrests. A full catch-up day of woodworking!
I demo the sculpting and fairing in of every piece and of the rocker as a whole. The process for attaching legs to rocker skids is demonstrated along with steps for sanding and finishing the completed rocker. Questions are asked and answered. The rockers are separated and packed for a trip to the student's shop for finishing.
The classes are scheduled for up to 6 students to build their chair over seven days from prepared walnut stock which is included in the $2000 class tuition. The rocker will be built from my patterns. The chair will require final shaping, sanding and finishing when they return to their home shop. The rocker will be made transportable at the end of the class for the trip home. There is a charge for packaging your rocker parts for shipping and UPS shipping is available.
The classes are held in my studio and school in Spring Hill, TN. The address is 2001 Campbell Station Parkway , B-3 / Spring Hill., TN 37174
The Build Your Maloof Inspired Rocker with Charles Brock class will begin at 9AM EST. We will work until 6PM daily. On the final day the goal will be to prepare you to transport your rocker home for finishing. The cost for the class is $1800 including wood (walnut) and other materials for the project. The maximum class size is 3 when I teach without an assistant, 5 with a qualified assistant. The numbers provide a pupil ratio necessary for your success. When the class is full a waiting list will be used in case of cancellations.
To register for the class email me of your intentions at firstname.lastname@example.org and send a check to Charles Brock, LLC at 1799 Witt Way Drive (my office) for $1000. Monthly payments can be made until the first of the month preceding the classes' start date. For example, if your class starts in January the balance is due the by the end of December.
The following policies apply without exception:
CLASS CANCELLATION POLICY:
Charles Brock, LLC reserves the right to cancel this or any class. Full refunds will be issued in that event.
STUDENT WITHDRAWAL POLICY:
Due to the scheduling demands of this week-long class, registered students wishing to withdraw must contact Charles Brock, LLC at least 45 days prior to the start date of the class in order to receive a complete refund. Failure to do so will result in a 50% forfeiture of the class tuition paid. Withdrawing with fewer than 10 days left prior to the start date will result in a 100% forfeiture of the total fee. There are no exceptions to this policy. Please be sure to check and clear your personal calendar prior to registering.
There will be a reasonable tool list which I will send you if you have further interest.
Lodging for your class in and around Spring Hill can be found by following this link:
You may also call me at 706 366-3152 for information and recommendations.
Besides the Best Western the hotels are in nearby Cool Springs and Franklin about 15 minutes away. We have some ready to begin construction but they are about a year away from opening.
Thanks so much.