This fall I told my wife I’d build us a rocking chair of her choice for us to rock our soon to be born baby in (this is our first child and due in April). After looking at a few styles she chose a morris chair.
I’ve only helped to build a couple of chairs and none were rockers, so I did a decent amount of research before coming up with a design. The one I settled on is pretty close to an old Stickley design, with a few proportional changes. I decided to build two chairs, one a rocker and one not. Given the time involved in set-up and the jigs to be made, I guessed it would only add another 1/3 of the time to build a second chair. The second chair will be for sale when they’re done.
I purchased the quarter-sawn white oak lumber from Sears Trostel in Fort Collins- they had a great selection and I picked through it to get the best boards I could find. For fabric we chose an authentic William Morris design printed in England by Laura’s Beau. For a William Morris fabric the price was fantastic and they somehow had it affordably shipped here in 3 business days. How is that possible?
Through a number of posts I’ll show some of the progress of the chairs…