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The Layout

Every part of a Weeks Rocker has specific technical specifications.  Within the part, the wood must fulfill requirements for grain direction, the orientation of the growth rings, and the nature of any irregularities. In addition to these specifications that secure strength, longevity, and stability, there are specifications for the composition of figure, color, and character in the part and in the chair.

We pull enough wood for the number of chairs we wish to make.

pulling lumber to make chairs

We spread the wood in the shop so we can walk around and find what we are looking for.

wood spread out for inspection

We study the wood and mark each part with patterns or by rough dimension according to the technical and aesthetic considerations.  We can see the top and bottom surface of the wood defined by the part, but what is inside to be revealed by sawing and sculpting must be visualized — illuminated by experience and intuition.  Many parts are marked in pairs or sets to be tracked and assembled in the same chair.

marking the wood for use
cutting the wood for use  

Having marked out a batch of wood, we cut the parts oversize to facilitate the subsequent production of accurate planes and dimensions.

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