When I started my Furniture Design and construction course at the Nova Scotia Community College in 1993 it didn’t take long to figure out I wanted to build chairs.
After graduating and getting into the grind of a job it took me about 4 years to finally put my first rocking chair together, Circa 1999.
As anyone who has ever attempted to build a rocking chair from scratch knows it is incredibly difficult. This was my first attempt.
It just so happened that an acquaintance of mine had a customer who wanted a dining set made. I contacted her and was successful in securing the job. I called my acquaintance Ian and said I had something for him at my shop.
I had a table and this rocker sitting on my shop floor. I asked him which one he wanted. He was puzzled by the question and picked the rocker. I said it's yours and I thanked him for the nice commission he sent my way. He was happy to get it and I was happy to get rid of it !! The next one would be much nicer.
After all these years I struck up a conversation with Ian and asked him if the chair was signed. He didn't know.
When I first started doing markets selling my wares, an antique guy approached me and asked if I signed my chairs. I said yes, he responded saying a signature adds provenance and value to the chairs when I'm gone. Ian called one day and said it was not signed. I would go and reluctantly see my first rocker.
As a perfectionist I was never happy with my first attempt at a rocker so was glad to get rid of it and never having to see it again.
I went to see and sign Ian's chair and was pleasantly surprised to see it. I took this picture and now had to tell the story and add this to my website. I’m thinking now I want to build a new version of this #1. Who knows....by the way it is made out of cherry, the same as the dining set I mentioned earlier.
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