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.