Superb effort Chris! Really lovely piece. In the time you built your second master piece of a rocking chair I built a drawer for my blanket chest - embarrassing really . Are you beginning to think about making them to sell??
Didn't think I would ever type this but it's better than the first chair. The ebony sets it off so nicely.
All I can say is that you are a gifted craftsman and I am in awe of your carving abilities :shock:
Thank you everybody for your kind comments. I am pretty pleased with the way this chair turned out. It was generally much easier the second time around but I was a mite careless on a couple of occasions where I hammered on without re-reading the instructions and as a result ended up with spares for a back leg and a rocker! I guess total time was around 150 man hours but I made no effort to record this and trying to distill working time from time waiting for the various glue-ups to dry is a bit problematic.
If anyone wants to have a go I would say go for it, Hal's instructions make it an eminently feasible job for somebody with reasonable skills and judging by what I have seen of people's photographs several people here should be able to manage it very well. I am not going to do Hal out of selling more of his plans and templates but I will gladly help anyone who buys them and gets stuck - not forgetting that Hal is only phone call away too and ready to help if needed.
Don't reckon I shall be selling these - it would become like work. Instead I shall try some carving next - I would indeed have carved the chair in some way if I had been on the course earlier - certainly if there is next one, I shall carve something on that (perhaps a discreet date under the seat!)
Rolf, You are welcome to put the pictures on your site but please note this is not a design that I made - I have followed the design of Hal Taylor Rocking chairs
Chris what a great job you made of that chair , i think your selling yourself a bit short by saying most people could have done it .You must have realy loved making it because it definately shows .Well done i'll give you a gold star :mrgreen: .
BTW its nice to see a project gloat rather than look at my new kit gloat