Ovations to these great Rock'NChairMakers!
Vern Fish's Rocker Wins Major Ontario Crafts Awards! -Visit Vern
I have been, for several years, a member of the Muskoka Arts and Crafts, a group of over 300 artists and craftspersons working in all media within the Muskoka Lakes Vacation Land of Ontario. I finished my Rocker early in March, which I had started just before Christmas with significant dedication on weekends to complete the task.
For the last 33 years MAC has had an Annual Spring Members' Show and it was my intent to submit the Cherry Rocker as one of my entries, knowing full well that it would be noticed and It was, well beyond my expectations.
At the awards presentation on opening night it earned The Silver Bridge Gallery Award for Best Use of Media, chosen by the invited judges for the event.
The Members of MAC vote for their choice of Best Work in the Show and I was ecstatic when they chose the Rocking Chair for "The Doug Gatcke Award for Members' Choice for the Best Work in the Show".
Chuck, I was thrilled when I completed the Rocker with the help of your package, but needless to say overwhelmed with the recognition of my peers and the public.
Again Thank You, and I look forward to my next Rocker in Walnut, which I have just ordered the material for.
Kudos to You
Paul Morss of is a fine woodworker from Horsehead, New York who built a wonderful rocker beautifully expressed with some of Paul's own lines and the alternative arm profiles offered to Member's of Chuck's Rocker Studio. Paul said:
"I did use the new arm pattern. I had roughed out the old one and then when the new came along, I switched to it. I am glad I did.
I live in Horseheads NY. That’s upstate close to the PA border, a bit south of the Finger Lakes. I would say it is a great project well worth the time invested. The great support from you went a long way to making it a success. I look forward to building the the low back chair.
Steve Kloppers is another fine Canadian woodworker who has built his dream rocker and some new design features in the process.
Here's what Steve had to say about building the Maloof Inspired Rocker: "I must again congratulate you for having gone to all the trouble and detail to measure and measure and measure again and work out all the intricasies of the Maloof chair. That in order to realize so many of us woodworker's dreams to build a chair like this. Every step of the way while making it, I thought of that and wanted to put it in writing. THANK YOU !!!"
Shawn Patel is an enormously talented craftsman who built this beautiful rocker and while he worked also created a "Group Build" on the Saw Mill Creek Woodworking Forum. This is another way you can find support for your project. Shawn is one of the many new breed of woodworkers who builds relationships using the internet to increase his skills and to find woodworkers with common interests. Shawn is very good at he anything he pursues.
Magnus Nylander of Sweden is a ROCK'N CHAIRMAN!
Magnus is a real artist and shows his talents off with his wonderful rocker. The picture captures the excitement of the flowing lines and excellent craftsmanship. The use of light and shadows is a work of art in itself.
Eric Scott's beautiful rocker is the first one finished using the new Alternative Arm #1 posted on this websites Chuck's Rocker Studio. It has a deeper sweep and lift on the arm's front.
Eric is a seventy-one year old dentist who can work the pants off of woodworkers or anyone half his age. He certainly has an eye for carving as you can see.
He attended the January 2010 Seven Day "Build Your Maloof Inspired Rocker" class in Atlanta, GA. Along with 4 other students they completed all the parts for their rockers and returned to their home shop to finish shaping, scraping and sanding them before applying the appropriate oil and wax finish for which the rockers are famous.
Eric has already started on two more rockers. You must agree he is a Rock'NChairMan!
Fred Deadrick of Livermore, CA
Fred built this beauty out of some clear maple for his first grand child due almost anytime now. His family looked at several different chair designs and they picked the "Maloof Inspired Rocker." As you can see Fred is very proud of his work as he should be. He is a Rock'NChair Grandpa. It will be around I hope for several generations of grand children.
You can be a Rock'NChair Man or Rock'NChair Woman, Too!
Let's Do it together, I'll be glad to help!
I wanted to say "thanks" for the chair plans. It was a great project, that I learned alot from and had a alot of fun working on. My first experience really taking "artistic license" into effect on a project. I look forward to the next chair switching from cherry to walnut.
Thanks again - Jim Hemingway
"I can never adequately thank you enough for this experience! At every turn you have been there to encourage, push, and facilitate this dream. I admitted before, that I had no business undertaking a project of this magnitude, with the limited skills and understanding I had at the beginning.
It was an obsession and all consuming desire I had to invest whatever was necessary to complete the chair. It began when I first saw the Maloof rocker and then purchased the package. But more importantly when I met you in Atlanta and you spent a couple of hours with me, I began to think the impossible might indeed be possible. I read everything I could find on Sam Maloof, watched your video, read the manual and tried to keep focused on one step at a time. At times, my wife had to think I was crazy! I watched the video every morning with coffee and every evening after work…I re-watched each section before I went to the basement to work on that chapter. Though I invested a lot of time, thought, and energy, it would have been impossible if you had not spent all your time organizing, writing, photographing, and videoing all the information! Often I would think of a concern or detail and couldn’t remember where I read or heard it. That just proved you had thought to include that minute detail somewhere. It was all there! When I had questions, you responded almost immediately. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one asking all those questions, so I don’t know how you did it and had a life of your own at all.
I still need to do the beeswax/oil finish but brought the chair up to enjoy rocking. It is beautiful! It represents an outstanding success on your part as a teacher! The biggest surprise of all is how comfortable and perfect the contour of the spindles matches my back. It is a custom fit. Thanks for giving me the spindle pattern when I was concerned I might have distorted my pattern!
I love this chair even more than my obsession/desire to build it. I hope you have a wonderful class next week! I’ll be thinking of you guys and rocking as I turn 60."
THANKS AGAIN EVER SO MUCH!
Thanks for offering the instruction and template bundle. This is my first feeble atempt at your design. I'm sure you'll see I did'nt pay as much attention to detail in some areas as you do, but I will on the next one. I bought most all the needed hand tools from Highland. I mainly do cabinetry for a living, but I intend to offer these rockers in the Dallas area and beyond. Do you have any marketing info that you'd be willing to share concerning these rockers?
The wood I used is very pretty, but surely a mistake for this application. I have'nt been able to identifiy it so I sent a sample to the forest products laboratory in Wis. I think its jatoba or austrailian red palm. I refer to it as the wood from hades. The most dificult wood I've ever worked with.
I just finished my chair this past weekend (Feb 6). I had purchased the kit sometime in October or November, 2009, I think, and have only been able to spend limited time on the chair. When I first saw a Maloof rocking chair, my thoughts were “I wonder if I could purchase one on those sometime”. Then my passion was to make one but didn’t have a clue how to get started. It was just by chance that I ran across your plans on the web. Then, after getting the DVD and plan book etc., I thought how foolish to think I could do this. I played the DVD over and over and followed with the book. Finally willing to destroy some perfectly good wood I jumped in head first. I made a few mistakes, the worst being of just a small bit off on the bevels for the seat but that is a large one. However, I was able to work through that and finally finished the rocker with the exception on finishing. I did a major celebration and sat in the rocker Sunday. What a great feeling of success.
Charles, you take the guessing out of this project and simplify it for even some like me (a mere novice). You make the plans easy to follow and my hat is off to you. God bless you for putting this together and making it do-able for people like me. One more thing to scratch off the bucket list. However, I plan on making more now as I think the whole family will want one.
"You have a great, cheerful presence in the videos! It holds my interest and my mind doesn't wander."
"I've watched the video a number of time and am eager to get into my shop and make some sawdust!"
"The video and book are great!"
"I am very impressed with the whole package. As a former educator I have made informational videos and can appreciate the work that went into the production of your Maloof rocker video."
"I have watched your video several times... It's great!"
"I have been enthralled by this chair and the desire to somehow find a way to make one. In fairness, I have also been intimidated, knowing this project is way beyond my ability or knowledge base Your DVD, book, and patterns, and website are a tremendous asset ……I am really believing, if I proceed slowly and carefully, this is doable."
"I first want to congratulate Charles Brock for putting together this instructional package. I had been wanting to build a sculptured rocker ever since I saw an example by Sam Maloof in Fine Woodworking magazine. I studied as many reference materials as I could locate, but until I purchased Charles' package, I could not work up enough courage to start -- primarily due to the mysteries of the seat to leg joinery. I have had the package now for just over 2 weeks and have completed the seat, the four legs and the associated joinery............. I am thoroughly enjoying this project! Thank You Chuck!
"I wanted to thank you again for the class, and your patience with all of my emails. I feel that I've really learned a lot ........"
"Just wanted to let you know that I viewed your DVD and think it is very well done. I think it is going to be a great help. You seem to be very dedicated,focused and professional. It must have taken a lot of energy to accomplish and I certainly respect that. I wanted to make a rocker for some time now and when I saw the Maloof rocker I thought that it would be nice to attempt. I also thought that there would be much trial and error involved. I believe you have taken most if not all of the mystery out of the project. I thank you for that and will be starting soon. I'm still in the process of getting the materials together. I'll be going to your site next to locate the screws and the reamer that you use in the video for the spindles. Your kit is well worth the cost. Thanks!!"
Thanks so much to all of you for your kind words!