Wood Carvings by Mark Sheridan

A Bit More on The Rocker

The two rungs on the back of the rocking chair were fashioned similar to the head-piece shown below.  Basically, I sketched out the contour of the back of the chair seat and cut that out of a piece of oak so that they ended up being about 1/8″ or so thick.  With that, I sketched the shape of the headpiece on the curved section that I had just cut out and headed back to the bandsaw to cut out that piece.  The rungs were far too small to cut out on the saw so I just carved their shape once I had the curved pieces cut out.



All put together, the chair started to look like something a Country Hound could sit on while playing his banjo.  Notice again that all of the pieces are numbered so that I know what I’ve carved to fit where once it’s all apart again.



A little bit of rounding and shaping has the rocking chair at this stage in it’s development.  That head-piece is starting to look a lot like a press-back chair to me, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets adorned with some carved and wood burned patterns very shortly.  If you look hard at the seat, you can also see the beginnings of a cushion for the little banjo player to rest on.  I’d still like to do a slender cross brace between the two rocking chair runners just to finish off the look.

Let me know what you think of it so far.



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2 thoughts on “A Bit More on The Rocker

  1. FANTASTIC!! love it…..this little rocking chair is very worthy of a howling country hound and the cushion is a great idea too.


  2. I like the way that it is looking even at this stage. I’m not sure that I’m going to add any additional detail to the legs and uprights as I think that they are looking about right for a country style rocking chair. I do want to put in a couple of horizontal supports between the legs of the chair for strength and an “authentic” look, though. I think it’s really going to look sharp once I stain it up to look a bit worn.


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