Sunday, June 12, 2016

June 2016 Meeting Announcement!

Grab your calendar RIGHT NOW and mark this date: June 15! 

You’re in for a special treat - not one, but two Maloof-style rocking chairs with matching side tables will be on display this month at our next Sin City Woodworkers meeting.  This is truly a special opportunity to see these very distinctive (and challenging!) chairs up close, and feel the amazing way they fit your body. 

These chairs are considered the epitome of fine woodworking - they challenge every aspect of this craft - including carving, bent lamination, hand tool work, joinery, lathe turning, bandsaw work, shaping, grinding and more… in fact, you won’t find a more difficult and sometimes misunderstood piece of furniture out there. 

So join us at the next Sin City Woodworkers meeting , which will be held on Wednesday, June 15 at 7:00, and one of our more energetic members - Lupe Nielsen will be presenting her two Maloof rockers and matching tables, discussing some trials and tribulations of building them. 

As Lupe says - “Making these chairs has been like taking a graduate class on woodworking.”

Here are a few more details that Lupe shared - these chairs took 340 hours to build, and are made of Black walnut, ebony plugs, wenge detail on the rockers. The side tables are of solid Black walnut

The finish on all pieces included a basecoat of Tried and True Danish Oil, 3 coats of Maloof-finish (linseed oil, Tung Oil, polyurethane), 3 coats of Maloof-wax (Tung Oil, wax). Each application was done with progressively finer grits of sandpaper.

Seriously - this is a MUST-SEE meeting - so join us at Studio: Wood It Is!, 2267 West Gowan, unit 106 in North Las Vegas. As always, the public is welcome to attend the meeting, so members - please feel free to bring a guest along. But remember that there are a limited number of chairs in the woodshop. Attendees might want to bring a folding chair if they wish to sit during the meeting. If you have questions or need directions, call the studio at (702) 631-1870.

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