Paul’s Sculpted Double Rocking Chair

This double rocking chair was built for my best friend and his future wife. His parents commissioned the chair for a wedding gift along with his brothers who commissioned a matching foot stool.

Even though this chair is about as unique as you get, we personalized the foot stool and bottom of the chair seat with an engraving of his wedding invitation and wedding date. We had the engraving done on a cnc then filled it with colored epoxy using padauk and ebony sawdust.

The chair took about 150 hours, created using 8/4 Canadian Black Walnut and Brazilian Lacewood. The seat was created by laminating walnut on the top and bottom of the seat blank then after carving the beautiful lacewood grain is revealed. Other unique features include a coopered headrest, flexible back braces, and a mixture of style from the great Sam Maloof and Hal Taylor.


  1. Cal January 13, 2013

    That, my friend, is a piece of art.

  2. Truly amazing! So well done!

  3. stephen January 13, 2013

    Amazing work. I feel inspired.

  4. daniel drabek January 13, 2013

    Wow! Well done.

  5. Sean O'Neill January 13, 2013

    we’re not worthy

  6. Phil Gibbs January 14, 2013

    What can I say…… but supurbly supurb!!!

  7. Incredible, inspiring!

  8. Fantastic job. A chair project is something I’m planning for the future. Very unique design.

  9. Bob January 14, 2013

    Absolutely breathtaking. The term “semi-pro” in your bio is an outright exercise in modesty. Highly skilled professional should be your self description. I am humbled by your work.


      I’d like to clarify what we mean by pro/hobbyist. That is never meant as a measure of skill. It only says whether or not the person accepts payment for their work. So it is certainly possible to see mind-blowing work from an amateur hobbyist. It is also possible to see lackluster work from a pro.

  10. runningwood January 14, 2013

    That is truly beautiful. Nicely done.

  11. Claude Stewart January 14, 2013

    This is AWESOME!!!!!!

  12. Now that’s just showing off.

    Truly amazing and inspiring

  13. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing this.

  14. Wow! Amazing!

  15. Eric R January 14, 2013

    Beautiful work Paul.
    That came wonderfully.

  16. Paul, those are stunning. So cool that the family entrusted you to create such a special gift.
    I do not know how I’ll use the inspiration you’ve provided, but I sure know that my explorations will go a bit deeper. Thanks.
    Do you have online posts or pix of your other work?
    Or are you going to tell us that this is your first piece and now you are bored and are moving on to rocket science?
    Have a great day in your neighborhood.

    • Thank you all for all the comments, I have moved a bit more towards pro since building that chair. Marc is correct, I’m constantly amazed at the work I see from non pro woodworkers and thanks to great sites like this were able to share what we all love to do.

  17. Barron Bail January 14, 2013

    Wow! The idea of combining two woods like that is a terrific idea and the result is stunning.

  18. Sean Rubino January 14, 2013

    What an incredible work of art! A piece that will last for generations to come, for sure. Incredibly well done.

  19. matthew rakowski January 14, 2013

    very amazing piece.

  20. Thomas G. Kaiser January 14, 2013

    I love the way you used the two woods on the seat. I try to do that what I can. I must say, you are at a higher level than myself, but one day!!!!!!!!


    • It’s pretty easy to make up the seat blank, just make 3 pieces over sized and glue them together. Yes it does require some thoughtful clamping without a vacuum bag, but even this chair was done with out a bag, just some curved cauls and all my clamps (-:

      Top and bottom are 1/2” and center is 1” thus you end up with a seat black 2” thick

  21. Frank January 15, 2013

    Very cool. Did you use Sam Maloof’s finish? I mean the brand name one, or did you make your own oil/varnish blend?

    • I sand to 1000grit then burnished with a festool wool pad, then I apply the finish which I mix my self. Its very easy to mix, lasts in sealed container,wipe on/wipe off,no runs,no bubbles or eyes or dust nibs.

      Mix equal parts of RAW Tung Oil, BLO andVarnish, brush on liberally let soak for 20-30min wipe off 100% repeat 4 times for chairs 12 times table tops

      • David January 19, 2013

        That finish looks amazing! Are there particular brands of RAW Tung Oil, BLO and Varnish that you like to use in your mixture?

        Truly Inspiring.

  22. Josh Wixom January 15, 2013

    Very nice! Truly touching.

  23. Lone_Wolf January 15, 2013

    That is way cool. Awesome!!

  24. Kurt Thompson January 15, 2013

    Wow, this is amazing work. I have never been a fan of rocking chairs, but after seeing your work I have changed my mind. It’s the kind of piece that makes me want to use and touch the wood. So nice. I’m sure your friend and his wife must love it.

  25. SlingbBlade January 15, 2013

    Simply stunning, great work!

  26. Thomas January 19, 2013

    Wow brilliant work!

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