|This is rocking
chair intended to be used outdoors on a porch or in a garden.
What makes the chair unusual and unique (at least I think it so) is the
incorporation of marquetry in an outdoor project. I don't think
many woodworkers have attempted something like this, and time will only
tell if I've been successful.
Because of the complexity of this project, I decided to break down the explaination into three phases: forms and templates, chair construction, and finishing. Each, I think, is interesting and I hope informative.
The project is made entirely from white oak which is a good wood for outdoor projects. The curves in the back rests and rockers are accomplished with bent wood lamination. The marquetry on the back rest is a thin veneer sheet laminated to the remaining thicker sheets of white oak. The chair is finished with seven coats of a marine varnish that has been used for nearly 100 years on wooden boats.
I hope you enjoy reading about how I did it!
|The back rest top shows a butterfly between two roses.
|The back rest bottom is ivy that was inspired by the ivy growing around our home.