The hand made rocking chair seat is the very heart
of the whole chair.
It displays beautiful wood grain, comfortable curves, rich finishing, and the craftsman's skill putting it all together.
Here are some important thoughts about these unique features:
Second, sculpting the seat to fit the bottom increases comfort. It's a simple fact: our bums are round, not flat. So, by making a seat that supports this fact, a great deal more comfort is added right where it is needed. Additionally, a deeply sculpted seat adds a beautiful 3-dimensional effect to an otherwise utilitarian part.
A craftsman who makes a Maloof-style hand made rocker uses a technique called "coopering", often with dowels to help alignment and improve strength.
Coopering is an ancient barrel-making method of attaching specially prepared boards to form a curved surface. Sometimes, dowels are used to connect the boards. The result is a very strong, secure seat.
The method of seat construction I use is different from, but no less strong than, the Maloof-style coopering technique. My hand made rocking chair seat is supported in 3 places, rather than at the 4 corners.
In this way the majority of your weight is supported directly upon the back legs, eliminating the flexing possibility in the 4-corner Maloof design. Therefore, I can glue the boards side by side to get a very strong seat without using coopering for strength.
My tripod design, where two seat-supporting points are at the front sides of the seat and the third is directly behind your bum, allows for more design flexibility, too.
As you can see, spectacular looks and fit do not come from a flat seat. Your hand made rocking chair must give you the benefit of serving comfortably for a long time to come. A beautiful, strong, sculpted seat is the right place to start.
Putting a fabulous finish on that seat makes the wow factor complete. Here's how.
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