Sculpted Rocker - Built in 2012


Another older creation, this one was the most challenging and satisfying woodworking project to date.

I used (and recommend) the Hal Taylor plan, book and video, very informative and comprehensive, Hal was just an email or phone call away when needed.

I made changes to the headrest, arm shape and rocker tails to suit my own taste, my goal was to give it a little more maloof look.

The finish is a mixture of: 1/3 boiled linseed oil, 1/3 Cabots satin polyurethane. 1/3 mineral spirits, I used two coats then waxed.

Some pictures of the build:

Seat sculpting

Dry fitting the front legs

Arm joint glue up

Arm joint sanded

Gluing and screwing the head rest

Fitting the rockers



-- Alec (Friends call me Wolf, no idea why)

Great rocker.

I agree the book and video from Hal are comprehensive.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Just beautiful Tim. I have made a couple of somewhat Maloof looking chairs ( if you look from 20 feet away, ha ha), but cannot master the joint as you have. Congratulations.


Beautiful work on this Tim and a fantastic result too.

Mike, an American living in Norway


Nicely Done. I appreciate your making some personal changes; as did I during my 2nd HT-build. Hal’s personal and professional support provides an excellent ‘yes-I-can’ famework. I’m not that talented, and Hal’s support made the difference.

For my 2nd build, I made everything, save the seat and headrest, a bit more robust, a bit less rounded and elegant. The seat remained as spec’d, and I thinned the Headrest to 1" from 1.5".

From your other posted work, I see the grandfather clock – I may come knocking regarding advice on this build. I have an Amish-built tall-case, that after 20 years, I still admire. I’ve been looking for a ‘modern’ design, and haven’t yet come across one that really speaks to me.

Anyway, I wanted to compliment you on the Rocker – again, nicely done.

Very very nice! Not sure I would have the patience and talent to pull something like this off. Well done!


That’s a wonderful rocker it has all of the wonderful lines and joinery that Sam would love.

woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

A very complicated build and a great outcome. 
This chair is on many a bucket list. Now what’s next! I’m sure with your skills you can match it. 😊 

James McIntyre

i know what went into this quite well having done one. you would have made sam proud. beautiful work.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

I say bravo, well done.  The sculpting is wonderfully done. A lot of hours building and sanding for sure.

TimV, "The understanding eye sees the maker's fingerprints, they are evident in every detail, leave Fingerprints." James Krenov