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Just been resurrecting a wrecked rocking chair. All OK but fragile, except for one piece beyond repair; the tightly bent oval piece which fits between chair bottom and back.
Wondering how to replace it.
Bending dry beech not possible for these tight curves, finding a green beech shoot not likely but there's plenty of coppice and hedgerow stuff here abouts; ash, hazel etc.
What would be best or is there another approach?
 

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If you aren't locked into a faithful restoration you could cut veneers and laminate them around a form. Then it would be a matter of shaping from there.

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Inspector":1wv1oiiz said:
If you aren't locked into a faithful restoration you could cut veneers and laminate them around a form. Then it would be a matter of shaping from there.

Pete
I 're-soled' the rockers with beech veneer so maybe do the similar with this piece - get it as near as I can then trim carefully and build up laminates and re shape. So it'll be 50% original.
 
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