Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Happy Birthday Jerry.

This is a trash to treasure project. Jer found this on the curb in disrepair, covered in a tattered 70's orange velour. He brought it in to the shop and fixed it up, glued it back together and sanded the rockers into shape. I surprised him by finishing the wood and upholstering in his leather. The finish is several coats of aniline dye (thank you Buck) and then 4 coats of laquer.

Turned out ok! Comfy too :)

From the website My Rocking Chairs:

Rocking chairs are the only chairs ever made that have the distinction of being known as the American Chair. In fact, the typical portrayal of an all American home in the olden times was a nice little house, a white picket fence, and a few rocking chairs on the porch or in the lawn. Even today, rocking chairs are perhaps the only types of furniture that people remember from the 18th century. And when such furniture is being talked about, gooseneck rocking chairs cannot be far behind.

Gooseneck rockers first made an appearance way back in the 18th century. Craftsman used to carve the arms and legs of the rockers in the unique shape of a goose neck, which is how the rocking chairs got their name. Such a goose-neck shape gives the arms a very nice curve that is attractive to look at and at the same time, very comfortable.

Gooseneck rocking chairs that were made in the olden days were regarded as some of the best specimens of all American furniture styles and designs. In fact, even today if you were to get an old gooseneck rocker that is in good condition, it would be more spectacular than a new one. But whichever way you choose to go (with an antique gooseneck or a new rocker), gooseneck rocker chairs are an amazing addition to any home.