Sculptured Rocker Classes for 2018
This announcement makes me smile!
At the end of 2017, I will close the Spring Hill workshop and move in two directions. The three garages I have at my new house will become my private workshop as planned. A woodworking friend in Franklin, Tennessee and myself will open a woodworking school in his commercial shop. I will be able to teach sculptured rocker classes and possibly some other projects and skills in this wonderful facility. This has developed into a wonderful situation and an answer to many prayers!
Online registration through PayPal will be posted soon. Until then call me at 706 366-3152 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask questions or register.
"Thanks so much for sticking with me during this time of redirection! At 68 years of age I never expected to be so blessed with purposeful work that would allow mw to help so many great people craft a truly meaningful piece of furniture."
New! 2018 Rocker Classes:
Jan 20-27 Sculptured Rocker Class - 5 Benches
March 19-24 Sculptured Rocker Class - 5 Benches
June 4-9 Sculptured Rocker Class - 5 Benches
Sept 10-14 Sculptured Rocker Class - 5 Benches
Nov 5-10 Sculptured Rocker Class - 5 Benches
Remaining 2017 Classes:
June 5-10 Sculptured Rocker Class - SOLD OUT
August 7-12 Sculptured Rocker Class - SOLD OUT
November 6-11 Sculptured Rocker Class - SOLD OUT
Student Fee is $2000 - May be paid for with a $1000 deposit and final payment of $1000 using check or credit card (Pay and register here). Covers all materials for a walnut rocker and instruction.
Email email@example.com or Call 706 366-3152 To check on class availability, payment options or to ask questions.
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Click Here to see 37 photos taken during a rocker class!
Mail class payments to my office:
Charles Brock LLC
224 Beamon Drive
Franklin, TN 37064
Classes are taught at:
2001 Campbell Station Parkway
Spring Hill, TN 37174
STUDENT WITHDRAWAL POLICY:
Due to the scheduling demands of this week-long class, purchase and prep of walnut materials and the scheduling of an assistant (if more than 3 students register), registered students wishing to withdraw must contact Charles Brock at least 45 days
prior to the start date of the class in order to receive a complete refund. Failure to do so will result in a 50%
forfeiture of the entire tuition. Withdrawing with fewer than 10 days left prior to the start date will result in a 75%
forfeiture. There are no exceptions to this policy. Please be sure to check and clear your personal calendar prior to registering.
This is what a rocker class is like!
Tools to Bring - Auriou Rasps 12" Cabinetmaker's #10, Combi #5&9, Modeler's 7" #13, Marking Knife, Marking Gauge, Square, Fractional Caliper, Lie- Neilsen Router Plane
Note on Auriou Rasp Availability!!!!
are sometimes in short supply at Highland Woodworking, Lie-Nielsen Tools and other retailers in North America. The most important Auriou rasp to bring to class is the #10-12" Cabinetmakers Rasp. Tools for Working Wood makes a Gramercy Line of Hand-Cut Rasps. The 12" Cabinetmaker's Rasp 8-tpi is a good replacement for this rasp. It is about 80% of the quality, but is the best available. Here is the link to their site.
A Proposed Daily Log for the Rocker Class (Every class makes somewhat different progress due to the experiences and abilities of the participants)
They all started with prepared walnut stock stacked on their Hoffman and Hammer
work benches. They began by crafting coopered seats so their seat could have that “Smile”. They cut the bevels in their seat boards and reinforced them with Festool Dominos
. After cutting the seat to width they cut their notches in the seat to begin the signature joinery at the schools SawStop
using a miter gauge and a cross cut sled. Two other tasks also began. Charles’ worked with each woodworker individually gluing up sets of laminations to make their reverse curve rocker skids. Charles demonstrated spindle making using a bandsaw, patterns, Auriou Rasps
and scrapers of various shapes and sizes. Seven spindles have to be made for each rocker. Learning to carve and reconcile a set of spindles is the primer for carving the entire chair.
The rasps were rasping out spindles while the coffee pot was brewing up another round on day two. Spindle making was at full tilt. I hated to slow spindle making, but progress had to be made on the rabbeting the seat joints. Each woodworker experienced rabbeting the joints on the superb Kreg Router Table
. With great care in set up and with everyone understanding how to use the starter pin, the rabbets were just jumping off the table. Next, I demonstrated the process for laying out the seat bowl and removing waste at the band saw before glue-up. While each waited their turn at the shop’s Agazzani and Powermatic
band saws more spindle carving and skid glue-ups were taking place. Everyone got their first crack at using the set of three Festool RAS 115 grinders
w/ Dust Collection we have at the school. They used the grinder to shape and waste some stock from some seat boards that would be hard to band saw unless you were Sam Maloof
. Since no one decided to be a hero, they all successfully used the grinders. A long day indeed! Everyone dusted off and got a good nights sleep.
Yes we do have glue! But first, we faired the back legs band sawn from the pattern and squared the arm and seat joint stems with a Lie-Nielsen
hand plane. I love those hand tools! We cut the front profiles of the back legs at the band saws before gluing on adder blocks at the seat stems. These will be ready by afternoon for some tapering, dadoing, rounding and fitting to the seat joints. We fit the front legs to the seat joints by cutting the dados, rounding them over using router planes, sanding blocks and floats fit them to the rabbeted notch. Then we band sawed the profiles and turned them. Also more spindle making (started making 1/2” tenons) and as our friend from Wisconsin said, “Back to the rasp”! More skids, too! and Oh Yes! We glued up the seats!
We started grinding the seat bowls into the signature contours that make this a wonderful rocker. We had three going at one time while I worked on details with each woodworker. After drilling holes with the Miller Dowel Bit
and driving Spax
screws we were all legged up by the end of the day. Time for a major celebration! Yesssssss!
I showed the guys how to fit, band saw and sculpt a Maloof Inspired arm. We worked at that for most of the day!
We also worked on seat, and leg refinements, spindle reconciling and gluing transitions. They were happy but tired when they scurried out at the end of the day.
Everybody worked on arms, skids, spindles, and such before starting on headrests. We fit them by mitering them at the table saw. Then cut the front back and bottom profiles before, drilling the seat and headrest mortises. I went through every joint and how to sculpt them with several different tools. There is a secret to getting that monolithic flowing look that comes from fairing in the joints. Now they know it! We also worked on finishing sanding and recipes for that Maloof inspired finish. We took pictures, packed chairs for transporting and shared our joy over the project and experiences we have shared together.
Important Class Participant Information:
Thanks so much for signing up for a class! I hope the preparation for the class, building your project and enjoying it for a lifetime will be everything you wish it to be! The tool list for the class is pretty short. It is shown in a picture and described in captions on this web page. Highland Woodworking
is the source for most of these items. The most important item is a 12" Auriou Cabinetmaker's Rasp #10 Cut. The other rasps are optional for the class. You should also bring the marking tools, consisting of a wheel type gauge, marking knife, square, etc.
If you are taking the rocker class, you should purchase a copy of the 2 DVD Rocker Bundle w book & Patterns to get acquainted with the building a shaping process. You can purchase it from www.charlesbrockchairmaker.com
with FREE SHIPPING! The online school has more video information and is $10 a month. Here is a link that will give you a free month with a PayPal registration.
If you would like to ship some tools to the school or have your supplier drop ship them to the school, send them to my residence at 224 Beamon Drive/ Franklin, TN 37064 (Please contact me before shipping so I will be on the lookout) to yourself/ C/O Charles Brock Chairmaker. Also send any final payment(s) by check to the same address.
If you drive to the school the rocker or stool will break down to fit in your automobile for the drive back. If you fly, UPS is located nearby and will ship it to your address.
Finishing the rocker:
When you return home you will have some work to do to finish your rocker. Most woodworkers have all their parts cut-out and rough shaped with all joinery except attaching the sleds (which can't be done until the upper part of the chair is shaped completely, because the weight of the upper chair influences placement of the sleds). The holes in the headrest will have drilled but the 3/8" end of the spindles will need to be tapered and fitted (sometimes this is accomplished during the class.
Finishing the stool:
You will need to finish any shaping and sand the stool before gluing it up at home.
All classes are limited to 3 when I teach alone. If I have a qualified (Successfully built the project and a good teacher as well) assistant available the class limit may be increased to 5, which can be accommodated successfully.
to see a map showing the surrounding accommodations for the school. We have a new Hampton Inn opening Dec 3,2016 in Spring Hill. Phone for the new Hampton Inn is (931) 451-2111. This should be a good alternative to the "Best Western" for in Spring Hill accommodations. Otherwise, Franklin and Cool Springs are close by on I-65 North toward Nashville. You have tremendous choices there.
There is much to do in The Nashville, Tennessee area, so bringing a spouse is not a bad idea. Look online for tickets to events at the Ryman, Franklin Theater and Grand Ole Opry. Most of the events are sold out well in advance and they have events all during the week as well as weekends.
Do not feel shy about asking questions. One of the first things to know is that my schools address is different from my business address. The studio/ school is located at 2001 Campbell Station Parkway / B-3/ Spring Hill, TN 37174. GPS will get you close, but keep my cell phone # 706 366-3152 available, so I can navigate you to the class. In case all else fails, ask to go to Gary's Place (a bar), the studio is next door!
We begin at the crack of 9AM each day and finish up at 5PM unless we choose to do differently.
Let me know how I can help.