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Lifelong carpentry skills craft ergonomic rocking chair Add to ...

It was probably inevitable that Paul Lemiski would become a carpenter. In Grade 10 shop class, when his friends were building birdhouses out of scrap lumber, Lemiski made a roll-top desk out of solid oak.

His finesse with wood has only improved with time (he’s now 30). His Sculpted Rocking Chair – patterned after an iconic design by mid-century master Sam Maloof – is intricately crafted. The piece takes more than 100 hours to build and incorporates 160 individual pieces of wood, none of which are straight.

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Various techniques are used to make the curves. The top of the headrest is coopered like a wine barrel, for example. And the seven-piece, bowed backrest is composed of very thin, laminated strips. Each swerving section is made like the stretched-out blade of a hockey stick. The technique not only results in an eccentric shape, but an ergonomic form that helps with rocking-related shock absorption as well as lower lumbar support.

From $5,500. Through oneofakindonlineshop.com.

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