Michigan Sloyd

Ladder Back Rocker 2022

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Currently being shown by I.M. Weiss Gallery in Detroit, MI.

All wooden parts, excluding the rockers, are white ash sourced from a single tree on a neighboring farm. Rocker material is white ash sourced from a local specialty sawyer. All parts are hand split from fresh logs using wedges and axes. The posts, rungs, seat rails and arm rests are turned on a lathe and finished by hand with a spokeshave. The arm rests are further hand carved. The back posts and back slats are steam bent. The mortise and tenon joinery is assembled utilzing tradtional moisture differentials between parts to create mechanically locked permanent joints. Through mortises are wedged. The rocker bridal joints are pinned from the inside face to add strength. Traditional hide glue is used at assembly ensuring easier repairs for future generations. The black color is wiped on Japanese Sumi ink sealed with thin coats of shellac. Additional layers of a custom blend oil varnish finish are hand rubbed. The seat is hand woven using the traditional "envelope" pattern weave. Seat material is authentic Danish paper cord sourced from the original manufacturer, Randers Reb, in Denmark, and is the same material used on many Danish design classics.