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October 9, 2016
First — the barstools are amazing. The grain and curl are fantastic, the finish smooth as glass and the workmanship, as always, first-rate. Great work — many thanks. I think those stools represent the 11th and 12th pieces we have of yours, including the Œerrant" chair . . .
. . . I'm fascinated by all the work that goes on in your shop and all of the environmental and safety improvements you are constantly making. You run a pretty cutting-edge operation while managing to produce beautiful art and keep meals on a lot of family tables. That¹s pretty cool.
Best to you, Leslie and all the team.
August 31, 2016
Dear Mr. Weeks,
I have received my rocking chair. I love it!! All I can say is WOW.
The wood is so smooth to the touch that we can't keep our hands off of it. The chair is so comfortable. I sit in it for 3–5 hours a day while teaching school to my 7 children. I must admit that there have been arguments over whose turn it is to sit in it. I love the craftsmanship as well. I was skeptical about all the positive reviews, but not a one of them is wrong. Thank you! In fact my two oldest children are trying to decide if they should use their saved money to purchase a rocking chair instead of a car. They hope you stay in business for a long time since they want you to make all their furniture when they move out. They have spent all weekend looking at the products on your website. Hope that makes your day! . . .
August 15, 2016
Yes, we received the box decorated by a grand daughter (I presume) containing a remarkable creation . . .
We had you ship the cherry rocker to us in KS, as we plan to carry it with us as we travel next week to NY for a family gathering with J and S (the recipient). This will afford us the luxury of watching their response to its arrival in their lives in person.
And, that will be a delight!! The decorated box will be opened to a
marvelous creation. Well conceived, the execution was flawless with a reverence for the material. The idea of the many days of sun and rain and snow in the growing of a tree(s) to produce the wood that your capable hands crafted into an instrument (a thing of beauty in itself) that S. will slowly introduce another being into the rhythms of existence in . . . let the music ebb and flow . . .
So, though I took a week to acknowledge my reaction to your work in hopes of getting the words right, it boils down to a simple Thank You. My admiration and respect to you and your son and your crew for sharing beauty with us and those who follow us.
Till then . . . may the gods grace you all with health and well being
June 6, 2016
Gary, Austin and others:
First above anything else, thank you so much from the M. family for providing what has to be the most comfortable and relaxing chair in our entire house. Not a day goes by where we don't admire its beauty or sit in its welcoming form. Upon its arrival, I claimed it as my primary chair in the house. Upon the birth of our daughter, mom has summarily displaced me from this fictitious right and uses it every day for nursing, comforting as well as some well deserved napping. Each person that puts eyes on it for the first time is really quite taken with its beauty and craftsmanship. We couldn't be more happy with having this chair in our house and as part of our family. It will truly last a lifetime and beyond and I couldn't be more proud to pass this piece along to the future M. generation.
Thanks again for providing such a wonderful piece. We absolutely love it.
D. & T.
May 25, 2016
Dear Mr. Weeks.
We have had many good conversations in the past. Our chairs are still a blessing to our family and the Rocker is the highlight of the living room.
The Mesquite Rocker can sit in a cabin in the wilderness or in the White House and wouldn't be out of place in either!
It's a Gary Weeks!
April 26, 2016
The rocker came today and it is gorgeous and is so comfortable! I am very impressed that it does indeed fit perfectly. All the research you all did to discover the perfectly ergonomic rocking chair is incredibly rewarding. (All for your consumers!) Please tell all at the shop that they are indeed the best craftsmen ever! The beauty and the fit are unmatched anywhere.
April 15, 2016
Hi Gary . . .
I so love your rocking chair, as does everyone who goes rocking in it! It is art, beauty and comfort all in one.
Union City, NJ
March 3, 2016
Gary, Becca, and Staff,
I received my cherry rocker today and, like the previous one I ordered several years ago, it is exquisite! It truly is perfect in every detail.
Your chairs are one of the few things in life that are crafted to be handed down to generations, as this one will. I have gifted my older chair to my best friend and life partner who, I'm sure, will pass it down to her
I have a very small condominium and when guests visit, they invariably gravitate to your chair. Everyone remarks how beautiful it is and simply
can't believe a wooden rocker can be so comfortable. Honestly, your chair should be displayed in the Smithsonian!!
I'm so glad I decided to have you dowel and spline the chair in maple. A small thing to some, perhaps, but it seems to add an even greater artisan touch to your rocker. As the cherry darkens with age, those details will
become even more beautiful.
Thank you again for crafting a piece of artisan furniture that comforts the body and speaks to the soul.
Those who own one of your rockers will resonate with that statement.
February 20, 2016
We love it. It is handsome, and more importantly, it's comfortable for each of us. Good work! Artful and magically ergonomic.
B. & C.
Kansas City, MO
November 6, 2015
I hope you're well. When my wife became pregnant we began shopping for a
nursing chair, hoping that the one we chose would last longer than my wife's nursing. My wife found your company, and your passion for your work was immediately obvious. We ordered a Weeks rocker and it has proved to be a gem in our home.
It served us well while my daughter was a baby, she is now almost three years old. I admire that every detail, EVERY DETAIL, is deliberately thought out and expertly executed. This rocker sacrifices neither form nor function and I am still amazed every time I sit in it; three years after we received it. I feel like I am sitting in a work of art that was someone's life work. I feel honored to sit in my rocker.
This morning my daughter was having fun on the rocker and we got some on video. That prompted me to want to write and share my gratitude and the short video with you. Please enjoy.
We look forward to getting the side table when our finances permit. In the meantime we enjoy visiting the website and looking at your products. Thank you for all for your work.
November 3, 2015
The rocking chair arrived quickly and in perfect condition. I must say that I was, and continue to to be, amazed at the quality and comfort of the rocking chair. The rocking chair is second to none and absolutely a work of art. You and your staff are the best. There was even a hand written note from Becca wishing my wife and future baby to enjoy it and hoping that it remained a surprise for my wife, which it did. My wife honestly did not know what to say when I revealed it to her . . . she looked like a child on Christmas morning just in awe. She walked around it and admired it for a couple of minutes then sat in it and started rocking and said, "This is the most comfortable rocking chair I have ever sat in . . . I could fall asleep." We love it and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. My wife wants to carry it to one of her baby showers and show it off, if that tells you how much she loves it. Thanks so much for you and your company's beautiful work and
attention to detail and customer service. I will be leaving a detailed review on your website about how happy we are with the rocking chair. I am now a life long customer and will definitely be purchasing another in the future.
Pike Road, AL
November 2, 2015
This is just a little follow up on the beautiful chairs I bought from you over three years ago.
The chairs have been outside on the screened porch continuously, in all the heat and humidity, cold and damp, and they look as good as new.
My recent houseguests were amazed at the comfort and beauty of your works of art.
I don't get out in them as much as I'd like, as I'm usually inside building model planes or something. I completed the big 27lb Twin Otter, and I'm now working on a WW2 DH Mosquito, each electric powered.
Building models is satisfying, but if I could go around again I would prefer an apprenticeship with a fine furniture maker, and make stuff that is beautiful, and useful.
Wishing you much happiness, and prosperity,
September 21, 2015
I was planning on contacting you today. I am so pleased with my new table and chairs! They are just as beautiful and well made as my rocker. The delivery men were here by 7:30 a.m. and couldn't have been more courteous and professional. It is so reassuring to know there are still people who care about quality workmanship and customer service. I couldn't be happier.
Thanks for all you have done to make this senior citizen happy!
Best wishes to you and yours,
July 10, 2015
Good morning Becca,
The rocking chair has been delivered today.
It's in perfect condition, no damage at all.
I am proud to have it in my living room. The comfort is incredible. I can see that everything has been thought for comfort and aesthetics: the dimensions, the forms, and the impeccable finishes.
The touch of the curves and the contact with the walnut worked with attention and perfection is quite . . . sensual.
Thank you again for the perfect and attentive service from the first contact to the final delivery.
Thank you for this great work quality.
July 9, 2015
Received. Unboxed. It rocks! Beautiful and functional.
Super comfy for both me and my wife. Can't wait to rock our newborn boy to sleep when he arrives in November.
Brown Deer, Wisconsin
May 19, 2015
It has been a distinct pleasure working with you and if given the opportunity I will not hesitate to refer friends or family to your artistic approach to lovely furniture.
February 18, 2015
Didn't email as soon as the chair was delivered as we wanted to try it out and report fairly back to you. So far: The chair is more beautiful than any of your pictures. The chair is more comfortable than your description. Both your pics and write up are honest and excellent, just not what one experiences in real life. Thank you so much for taking the time, craftsmanship, and energy needed to create this chair.
S. and E.
Millville, New Jersey
February 4, 2015
The rocker does pull you in. It seductively says give me a try. Have a seat. And when you do, you're in no hurry to get up.
Gary — I started life as an architect. So I did the whole design thing through school. My sophomore year we had to design and make furniture. I chose chairs and my prof said I was crazy. Well there were 4 chairs over the course of two semesters. One looked good but killed you when you sat in it. Two were just ok and the fourth was a winner. Chair design is very difficult and having given it a try I know how hard it is. Your rocker is a masterpiece. It seems to be body agnostic, that is, it doesn't matter how tall or wide you are, it is comfortable. Add to that great aesthetics and marvelous craftsmanship and it is a piece that is fought over in an estate settlement.
Before we're done, everyone in the family will be a proud owner of a Gary Weeks rocker.
Enjoy your weekend.
February 3, 2015
I’ve never known any business, large or small, that treats folks as warm friends from the start, and that says a lot about you, as do the beauty and integrity of the furniture you make. Talking with you is as comfortable as sitting in this rocker, and that’s saying something.
January 30, 2015
Sorry for the late reply.
I just came back from the business trip and found your barstools in our office!
We're all happy and impressed!
They are beautiful, stiff, and well-balanced.
Nice and smooth on the surface like a baby's skin.
Also I love how you packed them, it's all nice and beautiful and tells me your confidence.
December 26, 2014
My rocker was delivered today and I have to say it's the nicest Christmas present I've ever received (except for my Schwinn bike in 1973!). I'm sitting in it now. The first time I sat in it (right after it was unpacked) I started rocking and my first thought was, Now what was bothering me?
December 19, 2014
We got the chairs. They’re beautiful. The shippers did a good job. No problem with that. The joinery is superb. The finish is even better. They’re beautiful.
Ashville, North Carolina
November 26, 2014
Dear Mr. Weeks,
You are an artist of the highest order. Your chair is a beautiful work of art, comfort, and style. I could not be more pleased were it made of gold . . .
Many, many thanks!
October 19, 2014
We opened the rocker yesterday. It is gorgeous. As nice as you describe it and better. Ginny is delighted and as she sat and settled in the first time just kept repeating "Oh wow, oh wow". It looks big on her but she is comfortable and that is what counts. Your chair is a work of art and we are proud to have it in our living room. I expect it is a lifetime purchase.
Moses Lake, Washington
September 23, 2014
I wanted to put a review on to your site, but this will have to act as a testimonial, because I am really pleased with everything we purchased from
I originally bought the rocking chair because I wanted a comfortable chair that had no upholstery, since I had two cats (enough said there). The chair was so comfortable that I purchased the dining room chairs as well. Also very comfortable. The design is a perfect fit to the human body. Now I have grand children and needed a stool to help them step up to the sink and such, but also for me to sit at their level without struggling up and down from the floor. Once again . . . the stool is perfect. Just the right height and sturdy, well balanced, so no tipping when a child stands on it,
and very comfortable to sit on and rise from. The price is also half that of a similar piece I was considering from a local furniture maker. I am very pleased.
August 20, 2014
More words for you and the rest on this fine morning:
August 18, 2014
Mr. Weeks and family:
After more than ten years of use, my /our rocking chair #926 is as
comfortable, beautiful, and valued as ever. You may not recall, but I am the weirdo for whom you made a draftsman’s table out of maple with a beautiful birds-eye top. It also is as beautiful as ever. A few pen marks but great! I try to keep the top cleared of work so that I can enjoy its beauty. The construction of the drawer, dovetails front and back, draws oohs and ahhs whenever I show it to people. If I were an evangelist, I am not sure how many people I would have converted over the last ten years to your product. But I believe in Gary Weeks!
There can be so many interactions with people that can be depressing. I thought that I would send to you some good news.
Walnut Creek, California
August 15, 2014
We got the rocker two days ago, and I've been meaning to e-mail you, but life keeps interrupting. Anyway, I'm a rocking chair snob, and I can truly say I've never sat in a better chair — rocker or not. It's beautiful. It's comfortable, and it's a true family heirloom. In fact, A. and I have decided that we'll buy Gary Weeks rockers for each kid who makes us grandparents, and then that will ensure there is no big fight over the chair when A. and I go to the Happy Hunting Ground.
Hope all is well with you, and we'll be back in touch.
T. and A.
June 6, 2014
Austin et al: The Rocker arrived safely this afternoon. The wrapping job was itself a wonder of wonders. The beautiful Rocker is simply a product of the most artistic minds and hands in the business of woodcarving. It is more beautiful than we imagined it would be. The grain of the wood takes on a surreal flow of curves and colorations, so much more intense than we thought it would be. No one could be more pleased.
Thank you all for your signatures, which makes this Rocker so much more to us than a piece of inanimate furniture. We enjoyed meeting you, and we will
never forget your artistry.
Every good wish,
A. and S.
April 10, 2014
Dear Mr. Weeks,
We would like to tell you that words cannot express how happy we are with the Walnut Rocker you made for us. It is absolutely gorgeous! It arrived
exactly on time in perfect condition as you promised. It's amazing how it "fits" both myself and my wife. Know that we have a 12 inch difference in
our heights and the rocker is so comfortable for both of us. You certainly have a gift in your woodworking skills, talent, and artistry. My wife rocks in it everyday and it brings her such peace and joy while she meditates there. We've used it to rock our grandson and looking forward to rocking the two new grandbabies coming this summer and fall. We just can't say enough nor thank you enough for this incredible rocking chair!
D. and D.
March 7, 2014
You are most welcome. This one will not be coming back!
Chair is wonderful. The sensation of "unloading" the lower back and shoulders is so profound, I zone out a bit. Can read for hours, now.
Shipping crates as well built as the chair, give your team a pat on the back for me.
Menlo Park, California
February 4, 2014
The chair and stool arrived safely last Friday.
They are absolutely gorgeous! The wood is beautiful and the workmanship top notch.
I think a friend here in Bend will be ordering one soon for herself!
Thank you very much for your great customer service and stunning products. I could not be happier with my experience purchasing from you.
December 28, 2013
In October my husband and I went to M. M. in upstate NY for a long weekend. On every porch and in front of every fireplace in this huge resort hotel is a rocking chair. I became enamored by the rocking chairs and how relaxed I
felt every time I sat in one. When we arrived home I told my husband I was going to find the perfect rocking chair so I could learn to relax at home.
Well he decided that somewhere on this planet there was a perfect rocking chair for his wife. He is a computer Geek so he knows his way around the computer and quickly found your website and began showing me your chairs. They actually took my breath away as he showed me the catalog of gorgeous chairs.
In November my walnut chair arrived. Oh my goodness, I have never seen a rocking chair like yours. I sat in it and I was transported to a calm and peaceful place. This rocking chair is everything I had hoped it would be.
When my husband ordered it for me he stated, "You will rock our first grandchild in this chair and you will have it long after I am gone and then you will pass it on to our son who will pass it on to one of his children." The quality of your rocking chair is outstanding which guarantees it will last from generation to generation in our family.
I feel blessed to have one of your rocking chairs to treasure and then pass
on to my son who will pass it on . . .
October 25, 2013
Mr. Weeks and company,
The chair arrived this afternoon. Simply stunned. The craftsmanship is superb. It's so quiet when I rock, I just wasn't expecting what I unwrapped. It looks beautiful, it feels great, and I'm glad I bought from you guys. I will definitely be coming back for a side table and foot rest.
Old Hickory, Tennessee
July 30, 2013
We received our rocking chair a few weeks ago and have waited to write to you while we tried it out. We even kept the shipping box in case we decided to return it. Well, all that was foolishness. I think we knew from the first moment we saw it and sat in it that we wouldn't be sending it back. What a wonderful combination of comfort and art! We had visited many local furniture stores and searched on line, but never found anything that we liked. Every chair was either clunky looking or uncomfortable, or both. Then, by luck, we came across your chair on the web. It has turned out to be everything we had hoped for. We are especially happy with the smooth yet warm and soft finish — such a pleasure to run our fingers over. Thank you for creating such a terrific product.
Thanks again for the loving care and attention to detail that you put into creating our chair.
B. and D.
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
June 7, 2013
Dear Gary and Austin,
My Harris stool arrived yesterday in pristine condition. Another exquisite piece of furniture from your shop and a wonderful addition to my chair. Beautiful figure in the cherry and outstanding craftsmanship.
I simply can't tell you what a pleasure it is to do business with you. Your products embody the perfect blending of art, craftsmanship, beauty, and value. Clearly a great deal of thought has gone into your designs and the results are nothing short of flawless, functional, and beautiful furniture. Well done, gentlemen!
Hopefully, if I'm a very good boy, Santa will treat me to a side table for Christmas this year!
May 20, 2013
My wife is a professor of Industrial Design, and I find it hard to please her keen eye and taste. The chairs were a win though, and they are comfortable as promised. We are happy customers. Thank you.
Thanks for the professional and easy experience as well throughout the
May 1, 2013
The rocker and footstool were delivered last Thursday and were uncrated on
Saturday. Both of them are just beautiful. I've, more or less, had to stand
in line to try it out. I've heard it is very comfortable.
. . . I had tried out a few locally but they were either very uncomfortable, ugly, too low or all of the above.
March 15, 2013
The rocking chair with foot stool and side table arrived yesterday in good
order. Your craftsmen have created a beautiful furniture set that is a pleasure to view and touch and will be enjoyed for years to come.
January 15, 2013
It is always a pleasure writing you a check for the privilege of enjoying your craftsmanship.
December 11, 2012
Thanks for not only your amazing workmanship (I know it is a team effort!), but also for the outstanding hospitality!! I really appreciate folks who
will take the time to show off their work centers and are proud of the work they do. Your team all seems really happy and proud of producing amazingly beautiful furniture.
Hope you and your staff have a wonderful Christmas season.
Blessings and peace!
San Antonio, Texas
December 7, 2012
We do indeed have the chair! It's beautiful and so comfortable!
My husband is in love for the second time. Haha! I think if he could sit in that chair all day he would be the happiest man in the world . . .
We're both looking forward to having our little girl here and sitting with her in the rocker.
Thanks again for the wonderful service and of course this beautiful chair.
November 8, 2012
You are the Earl Scruggs of fine rocking chairs. The chair, the stool and table are all individually terrific and even better of a set. I had just gotten back from town and let the dogs out at the very moment the truck pulled up in front. The walnut rocker resides on its own dedicated Navajo rug where I can simultaneously rock, work the crossword puzzle, listen to Willies Roadhouse and keep an eye on the sheep. As with S.'s curly maple rocker, the little border terrier (Fergie, the Wonder Dog) likes to jump on my lap. When we rock she gets a huge grin on her face. Thanks again for the superb rockers, stool and table.
November 3, 2012
Dear Mr Gary Weeks,
Thank you so much for the beautiful rocking chair made for our son and daughter in law in San Antonio, Texas!
Every part of ordering the rocking chair, from starting the chair order on line to the delivery of the chair could not have gone more smoothly!! Your help is greatly appreciated and your company's service is unmatched by others ! In today's world it is refreshing to work with a company such as yours!
Again, thanks for your expert workmanship, the chair is SO beautiful ! Thanks for your service unmatched by others! Thanks for the extra care I know you took to make sure my order was made perfect and thanks for how delivery people took extra care to deliver chair on time and in perfect
San Antonio, Texas
September 9, 2012
S.'s curly maple rocker arrived yesterday afternoon in good order and has been under commission since. If I could change one thing about it, I wouldn't, because it's genuinely perfect. The joinery, finish, and balance are all superb. Most of the highly sculpted rocking chairs I've seen seem frail, too overly wrought and unappealing in their oddness. There's nothing delicate about the build of this chair and it has just enough traditional elements to make it classic.
Can you make another in curly walnut? I will call next week.
Thanks again —
August 14, 2012
I just wanted you to know that my family, friends and I have derived great pleasure and satisfaction from the beauty and fine craftsmanship of the table and chairs that you made for us. Dealing with you was an enjoyable and memorable experience. I proudly refer people who ask about your work to my friend in Texas who made them for me.
June 15, 2012
I've had your beautiful furniture for nearly two months now, and it just keeps getting better!
My friends A. and J., Air Force friends for 40 years, who live up front in the Big House, come by most mornings for coffee and a peaceful rock and
some entertainment from the birds and squirrels just outside our screened deck. It is glorious!
I dwelled long and hard on this purchase, and checked out a bunch of
rocker-makers. None of them were really within my budget, but I couldn't be happier with my little extravagance. I've already forgot about the expense. I'm particularly happy that I wound up choosing your firm. Though your chairs are a little less "swoopy than many of the Maloof Replicas, I usually follow my Mom's dictum, "Simple and Elegant". Your furniture is indeed that, in spades.
Your short video online helped me make up my mind. It is very informative and I could readily see how much thought you have given to development of
the rockers. Your easy style, and manner is very charming.
A word on comfort: I try to spend a little time about sunrise out on the deck reading. I always am amazed that I never get figgidy or uncomfortable in any way, though sitting on a piece of hard wood! The sculpture of the seat is perfect for my old frame. If I were to change anything, it would be to lower the arms, perhaps an inch, but that's really nit-picking, and may say more about my proportions. Last evening Jim, who had been outside rocking for awhile, said, "Do you ever fall asleep in that chair?" I think one of your beauties will be on the Christmas List for my friends!
I haven't had the time to enjoy the comfort and rocking serenity that I'd like lately. I've been re-building the old bridge you see in the attached photo. It's a pretty big job for this old novice, but I'm enjoying the process. The bridge is front and center in my otherwise lovely view from my rocker, and it will soon be seriously enhanced.
Thank you again for the personal time and communication during my evaluation process and waiting time. It is most appreciated, and rather uncommon these days.
April 13, 2012
The rocker arrived on time and in perfect shape. I am rockin' as I write!
We did a lot of research before we decided on "the rocker" that would work. We were looking for something functional and attractive. We spend a lot of time on the Oregon coast in the summers. Over the last 10 years, I have ogled the Myrtle wood rockers that various woodworkers have created on the coast. About a month before we decided on the Weeks rocker, my wife and I made a trip to the Oregon coast with the express purpose of buying a Myrtle wood rocker. We stopped at several shops and I "rocked" several chairs. The chairs varied in price from $2500–$5000 but, they all had one thing in
common. They ALL had floating back staves and they all felt strange to rock, as with each rock the staves would flex. It felt weird, almost like the staves were going to break. A rocker should provide comfort while rocking, not anxiety.
I have sciatic problems and the Weeks rocker provides support and comfort to my back. I am also able to spend hours in front of the TV or reading in comfort while rockin'.
I worked for 7 years at a firm that made wood working machinery and I feel that I can recognize quality wood working. The Weeks rocker is an excellent example of superior American Craftsmanship.
I am proud to own a Weeks Rocker.
April 7, 2012
Yesterday, in our short conversation, I mentioned the very positive effect your Rocking Chair video had on my final selection of Weeks Rockers. I had been all over the net, and could have sprung for a much higher ticket chair had their qualities been sufficiently important. I read all the pitches, and lusted after one or the other quite a few times before reaching your site, and carefully considering all that you present in your brochure, website, blog and video.
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Your video presentation was thorough and most informative, but concise, and it never felt rushed or high pressure in any way. You have a thoughtful, measured style, and a way with the perfect words for the situation. I have since read your web materials more closely and see that style is similarly represented in your written products. The things you publish are easy to read and most educational, without being verbose or stilted. I am particularly impressed that you give your co-workers, suppliers, and even counterparts much credit. Your discussion about Mr. Sam Maloof was enlightening and most complimentary. It appears to me that you have given as much or more thought into the development of a fine rocker as anybody.
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Now, I have yet to even see a Weeks piece in person, but I know that I will be very satisfied. The composition of your family-based, All-American company, and the thoughtful selection of woods, and proud craftsmanship, will surely result in furniture that we will treasure and be proud to pass on.
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I am not given to pumping sunshine, and I am indeed no valued critic, but your presentations made a lot of difference in my selection. I am convinced that I'm buying the best value rockers available. I hope you put your brand on the items somewhere. I am grateful that you have taken the time to chat with me about my concerns and special requests. It means a lot to me to "know" the people that create the things that are important. I can't wait to add them to our little castle.
My only regret is that I am unable to visit your shop and meet you personally.
Wishing you and your staff a healthy and prosperous future.
January 26, 2012
I wanted to let you know that the rocker and foot stool arrived here unscathed on Tuesday afternoon.
I got home late, and didn't get a chance to unpack it until yesterday. Now that it's all unpacked and my family has had a chance to use it a bit, I want to echo all the great feedback you've gotten from your other customers.
Starting with the quality of the pieces, the craftsmanship is superb. If nothing else, having such finely made work in our home is truly a pleasure. The selection and matching of the cherry for the different elements in both pieces adds to the obvious care that was taken in the design and workmanship.
But there's more. My family's body shapes and sizes cover a wide range, from my son (6'1", 145 lbs, "This feels great on my back!"), to my wife (5'10", 1(mfph$&@) lbs, "mmm, very comfy."), to me (6'1", 275 lbs, "ahhh"), and we all love how functional and comfortable the chair is.
The rocker and foot stool will be a well-used, cherished pieces in our home for many years. Thank you.
Trumansburg, New York
January 12, 2012
Hi, Gary, the buffet and bar stools were delivered this morning and they are BEAUTIFUL!!!! We are very pleased and very excited and eager to get the buffet filled and sit on the stools at our kitchen island . . . SO comfortable!
P. and I love the dimensions and designs of both pieces and especially love the wood you selected to form the patterns of light meeting dark, burl contrasting with smooth. Gorgeous! Even those shelves are works of art! And we did not know the name of the "tapered sliding dovetails" until you mentioned them in an email, but we did notice them right away and are very impressed : )
In terms of storage, I am thrilled that the drawers are deep enough to hold two stacks of place-mats side by side. Wow! I think it will be great fun and very satisfying to figure out exactly how I want to store things in the drawers and on the shelving. This is the largest single storage piece we have ever had for our linens, flatware, candles, china, crystal, etc. And in our smaller space here, efficient and pleasing storage is especially appreciated : )
Iowa City, Iowa
December 30, 2011
J.'s rocker arrived as you said in your note. Everything was just fine. We especially enjoyed the hand and foot decoration by your young one on the carton. ;-)
I am a potter by avocation (with some woodworking thrown in). I have always been interested in the integration of form and function, aesthetic and utility, in creating pots and other things. Your chair does so exceptionally well. I can see the attention to detail in both design and execution. A beautiful, can't keep my hands off it rocking chair. Deceptively simple, perfectly executed. Nicely done!
True to your web site, the chair fit everyone in the family, ranging from a small 5'2" to a tall 6'2", whether simply rocking or holding little S. and rocking him to sleep.
We are all delighted. Thank you!
December 12, 2011
The rocker has just arrived as you know by now. For all potential clients, a few words from a skeptical mind: The company is no gimmicks. They ship furniture across the ocean. It arrives when they say it will. And once you have unpacked it, a fine work of art appears. It would be foolish to expect more.
Many thanks again,
December 2, 2011
Yes, everything arrived in time for the Thanksgiving break. I don't really
know what to say except everything is just great. The nicely figured seats on the Rocker and the Harris stool are a special treat. People who have been over to the house and have seen the furniture are just as speechless as I am. I just can't believe how comfortable it is each time I sit in it. Most folks have never seen (and unfortunately most never will see) such well crafted furniture. Luckily for some of us, you have figured out how to make and sell these items at a price that is accessible – a remarkable value for the price. Lastly, I have to comment on the Otwell side table with shelf — I think it is a real beauty and perfectly proportioned. My wife says that "it's just perfect" (it is located on her end of the couch).
Thank you and your team for the fine furniture,
February 8, 2011
The eagle has landed.
By way of preliminary, please understand that I do not use superlatives. Superlatives are misused so much, they have lost their meaning. When a person characterizes something as "the best" of its kind, it makes me think the speaker has limited experience, or a small vocabulary, or is trying to sell you the thing being described. So here are my comments:
I like my new rocking chair. I like everything about it. Since it arrived, I have been sitting in my chair and smiling. The only reason I stood up is that I had to type this note on my computer. I am going back to my chair now. Woe to the person who makes me stand up again.
September 16, 2010
Dear Mr. Weeks,
About three or four years ago my uncle from Dallas visited our place in Western Oregon. We had a wonderful reunion and visit. He looked around and said, "What, no rocking chair? You need a good rocking chair someday."
Shortly after his visit you notified me to expect an arrival of a gift and the rocker arrived soon after that, impeccably crafted AND shipped.
My uncle died shortly thereafter and I have this wonderful rocking chair that we just love to have for many reasons. It is just the nicest gift we have ever received and I love to tell visitors who sent it, who made it, and how much it means to us.
I just thought I would pass this along to you, I congratulate you on your craft.
Best wishes sir,
July 14, 2010
Dear Weeks Family,
A year into owning one of your rocking chairs, we could not be more delighted. It is, far and away, our most prized piece of furniture. The wood has darkened to a beautiful reddish brown, just as you said it would. The inlaid initials are beautiful. Somehow, miraculously, it seems to be the perfect fit for every body that sits in it. And now you've so generously helped us line up a mover to ship it safely across country in our upcoming move. Your customer service and craftsmanship are outstanding.
Thanks so much,
May 8, 2010
R. and I want you to know how much we like our new dining room chairs, and
how much we appreciate your work. The chairs are so comfortable that we can now enjoy leisurely meals and conversation around the table without having to get up due to soreness from sitting too long. And they are beautiful! The chairs are identical and each one is different. They look and feel the same, but variations in the wood grain give each one an individual character. So in addition to having great seating for us and our guests at dinnertime, we find we have added works of art to our home. The quality of design, craftsmanship, attention to detail and finishing that went into these chairs is apparent whether we are looking at them, sitting in them, or both. We expect they will become family heirlooms and be enjoyed by our successors for generations to come.
R. and J.
April 28, 2010
I wanted to say that we enjoyed visiting with you and really appreciate your taking the time to show us around and to let me see your shop. I'm a tool guy and a big user of shop built jigs and I am really impressed with how you have adapted tools to your production process. But we love your art. You have studied wood properties and how they can best be used practically and efficiently to produce beautiful items that are comfortable and everyday usable. It's in the details, how it looks and feels from any vantage point and we know how much work goes into making that happen. We really look forward to having your rocker in our home.
D. and J.
January 21, 2010
Gary, its a pleasure knowing such good work is done and in my small way being able to support it — changing the world 1 chair at a time — when even a small portion of people realize the value in work like uralls the world will be on its way to enlightenment. May you find peace in the new year.
I left the house this morning depressed by the news. What is one to do?
Thank you for the answer . . . we are going to make things better one chair at a time. We'll find peace in the effort and share the rewards.
But we can't dance to that song alone. We've got to have you. Please know that our appreciation is full, deep, and heartfelt.
October 19, 2009
Well the furniture has now been ensconced in our dining room for four days and it is wonder-full!
The delivery went smoothly with good communication from Jeff, the driver, en route to our location. Jeff was a very courteous, accommodating man who has many years of furniture experience under his belt. All of the pieces arrived in perfect condition.
Of course we knew the quality of your work since we now have some mileage on our rocking chairs. Nevertheless, we are thrilled with our dining room set. We had originally been searching for a dining table with a smaller footprint than the one that we have been living with for the past 12 years. When we stumbled upon your comprehensive, well-organized website, we were intrigued and pleased to find that we could:
- learn about the whole cast of characters at Gary Weeks Furnituremakers,
- explore the process of FSC certification and link to the website of your supplier,
- and educate ourselves about the history of your relationship with wood and the process of design, selection and finishing of the reverently-arranged material.
We had a very nice table, yet it is so nice to have one that's more suitable for just the two of us. And the generously-sized leaves will give us ample space when large gatherings are the order of the day.
Thank you so much for the luminous enhancement to the quality of our daily lives.
All the best,
ME. and K.
P.S. Just need to add one more comment which integrates a quote that I am borrowing from a friend: The finish on your furniture is so refined that it's "Soft as a Pillow!"
December 15, 2008
A long delayed message to tell you I saw the new look of your site and think it looks great.
A few months back I decided to take one of the rockers out in the
"wild" to take a few pictures, just for fun. Well, they turned out pretty well and then I worked up a slogan and — here it is. It's just for fun and you can trash or use as you see fit . . .
St. Paul, Minneapolis
November 28, 2008
I hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving. You may recall that when we first spoke I inquired as to how a wooden chair could be comfortable for dining. You responded by sending me one. We now own 24 of your chairs. I wish to report that 15 of them were occupied for our holiday meal. That's the maximum we can get around our table. We sat for 4 hours in perfect comfort. I call that the acid test.
All the best,
Santa Monica, California
August 8, 2008
I am happily enjoying my new walnut rocker. It is not only fine and beautiful, but also extremely comfortable. My cousin had predicted disaster — that I would regret changing from the recliner because of the lack of padding and the inability to lean back with one’s feet up. My old recliner, named Big Blue, has gone to that Great Recliner in the Sky, and I sit like a queen in my chair where I read, knit, and watch television. I can report that my hips and legs do not hurt any more with the nerve pain that seemed to arise after about two hours. I think I can safely attribute this to the gentle curve of the rocker back as it supports the spine.
I also want to tell you how much I enjoyed the hour and a half during which we visited on the front porch of your showroom. You are a true artist and artisan, and I feel honored to enjoy one of your creations. It is an example of the integrity you build into your work, and that can only come from your own ethic of industry and honesty. I look forward to visiting you again sometime.
When I was a child, we had rocking chairs. I grew up with them, and I believe that if everyone in the world had a rocking chair, we would have less violence and trouble. They are restful to the body and soothing to the soul.
March 24, 2008
We're a little disappointed.
The next day . . .
We're a little disappointed . . . that we can't purchase a whole houseful of this furniture. We LOVE the chair. It is truly a work of art. My wife is eight months
pregnant and is beginning to have lower back pain. She loves to sit in the chair because she says it makes her back feel better. We are incredibly happy with the chair. Thanks so much.
Sorry for the little joke, we figured that since you don't get many complaints this would add a little spice to the workday.
Thanks again and if I win the lottery any time soon, I'll be placing multiple orders.
May 9, 2007
We are already enjoying our beautiful chair. What an example of form and function. I have never experienced such smooth wood and we are amazed at its velvety touch even on the cross-grain ends. We are so appreciative of your art and craftsmanship in every detail of this family heirloom.
As an occupational therapist (retired), this chair is not only artful, but should be in every physical rehabilitation center, and, at least in every home. The vestibular (sometimes called the "sixth" sense) input from rocking forward and backward stimulates this important neurological system, which serves to balance and regulate output of the body's neuro-muscular centers. Putting it in behavioral terms, last night, I noticed, after rocking for several minutes a lingering feeling of well-being and relaxation. I felt that I had just arrived back from a brisk walk around the neighborhood or maybe even a massage! Just running your hands over the soft curves of this chair charges another sensory system — tactile input. Visual senses are awakened just walking into the living room . . . . . this chair just lures you to sit down!
So far, R. and I have not argued once about who gets to sit in our rocking chair, but we are definitely aware that most likely it will happen one day. We are thrilled, Gary, with your chair and impressed with your professional services surrounding the shipping, delivery, and customer satisfaction. We seldom see this kind of craft and art anymore and are so pleased that we have been a part of it. Thanks to you and to your family for your
dedication and vision. It is poetry.
May 8, 2007
The rocker arrived in perfect condition and it is beautiful — everything I expected. My husband says it's a work of art. My son — who is 20 — first said, "How come you got that?" Then last evening (as he sat in it), he said, "I know I wondered why you bought this rocker, but I find myself
sitting in it every time I come into the room." He was there again this
morning! (My answer to him was that I bought it because it looked beautiful
and I think rocking is soothing and relaxing for all of us.)
Thank you so much!
January 2, 2007
Sorry that it has taken me so long to respond but this fall has been very busy.
The rocker is my office chair where I spend 40+ hours per week seated in it. (I am a psychiatrist). By now I have logged over 600 hours in the rocker. I believe it has helped me with my struggle with knee arthritis which was aggravated by hip surgery in 2005 and the bad effects of the Eames Chair I had been using. Thank you.
Regards and Happy New Year,
August 28, 2006
I recently purchased my second rocking chair from Gary Weeks, having found my first one to be the most comfortable rocker that I have ever sat in. I found them to be extremely courteous and accommodating, and the price of the chair to be very reasonable for a custom rocking chair. My second chair initially arrived damaged from shipping, and they were understanding and swiftly replaced it. I can't recommend them enough!
Westfield, New Jersey
May 29, 2006
I can't thank you enough for bringing my "Katrina-soaked" Weeks Rocker back to it's original beauty.
Despite lying in 7 and 1/2 feet of Hurricane Katrina's flood waters for well over a week, I found my Weeks walnut rocker intact. Months after the flood I used soap and water to clean off a layer of dirt and mold from the rocker. I was amazed at how good the finish looked and how well the rocker held together. I appreciate the work you recently did to restore it for me.
Photo taken before repair and refinishing
I lost my home and virtually all of my possessions to Katrina's flood waters,
including a collection of Ethan Allen solid cherry furniture which just broke apart. So I am especially please with the quality and craftsmanship you put into your furniture that allowed my rocker to survive Katrina.
St.Bernard Parish, Louisiana (now living in Houston)
August 9, 2005
I gotta tell you, yours is a unique business. I run a company that receives shipments in excess of $300,000/year – I have NEVER had a vendor track a shipment like you, even when that shipment was worth over $50,000. I'm always the one trying to chase stuff down. I can only assume this is indicative of the quality of work you do everywhere.
August 11, 2005
R. called the carrier on Tuesday morning. They said they'd give her number to the driver who would call and arrange for delivery.
He didn't call.
It didn't matter, she was home. The chair came in yesterday.
There was very minor damage to the crate, but the chair is fine.
The chair is better than fine, it's beautiful. I took lots of pictures of R. opening the crate, removing the bubble wrap, and sitting in it right there in the garage before we could even get it in the house! It was like a neighborhood event with multiple neighbors stopping by. I took more pictures of her and the chair in the new nursery. I can't wait to take pictures of her rocking our first, little F., due in 4 weeks. If you're dying to see your chair in action, let me know and I'll email you some.
We are very pleased with our purchase. I had no idea the chair would be as solid as it is; the seat, the arms, the legs, everything is nice and thick. We planned for this chair to be in our family for generations, and that will obviously be no problem. We've been working on the nursery for a while, but last night R. called me in, and with tears in her eyes told me that the room now feels like the baby's room.
R's already talking about how she needs the footstool; we'll have to check the budget.
Feel free to use us as a satisfied customer reference. R. said "This is not only the most comfortable rocking chair I have ever sat in, but one of the most comfortable chairs period."
Gary, your work is outstanding and we appreciate it.
July 2, 2005
Good morning, Gary -
Since we live in the northern reaches of Durham County, NC, we're usually last on the list with big deliveries, and this was the case with our rocker yesterday. Saying it was worth the wait would be an understatement. When we uncrated the chair, it was still warm from being in the truck. Sitting in it reminded us of being enveloped in a fresh loaf of homemade bread just popping out of the oven. Everyone who has sat in the rocker so far has had the same reaction: a long sigh, a smile and closed eyes. A visceral experience! Please extend our sincere thanks to your crew of craftspeople who put so much time and talent into our chair. It is simply gorgeous. We look forward to years of enjoyment. I'll add just two more words to properly describe the Weeks Rocker: functional sculpture.
Thanks again and best regards,
J. and J.Y. and family
Hillsborough, North Carolina
November 17, 2004
Do I like it?
Oh yes! It made me so happy I felt silly and self conscious at the effusive email I began writing to you soon after it arrived. I decided
to wait until I cooled off a bit.
It's everything you said it would be. My husband, seven year old son and I all agree it's incredibly comfortable and beautiful. A true heirloom piece. Wow. We love it! We touch it all the time. My son accuses me of sitting in it too much. I had to agree to take turns.
I am so happy and grateful that you and your people came through. I've dealt with a lot of different dealers and contractors recently. Most have been very disappointing to work with . . . problems with communication, integrity, quality and other issues have clouded the interaction. It's strangely life affirming to deal with you and have
everything happen as promised. Whew! What a relief! THANK YOU!
Oh yeah, the box it came in is a perfect hideout/playhouse for the kid. He's decorated it inside and out and plays in it every day. Thanks for the bonus!
I hope it pleases you to know that you have made this family in San Diego so happy. Please keep your high standards. The world needs more like you!
San Diego, California
June 27, 2004
In 1994 I bought this pecan rocker from you in Austin.
I want you to know it has brought many hours of pleasure to our family
over these last 10 years. Every time I sit in it I find myself looking at the exquisite craftsmanship and fine detail which has set you apart and far above the furniture industry in quality. I am a very happy customer.
This particular chair was one you used in brochures and ads. It looks now as good as the day you last laid hands on it.
Thanks for your dedication to fine furniture making which you have elevated to an art.
September 19, 2003
Arrive it did, midst heraldry and fanfare, trumpets blasting, poets singing (truly) and a hurricane as midwife. The rocker is truly magnificent, easily surpassing my expectations, which were substantial. The birthday boy loved it, as did his wife, on all levels. Further, it is easy to see that they will love it more with each passing day. It reflects truly Smithsonian grade workmanship. Cannot thank you and the crew enough, not only for the rocker but for the entire purchasing experience. So few things defy Murphy's law these days.
Can you send J.W. a copy of the guarantee? He's a lawyer and will be impressed.
Thanks for everything. I have the feeling we'll be in touch again in the future.
P. and I.R.
April 26, 2003
Dear Mr. Weeks,
We received the rocker today. I have never owned a piece of furniture that is so beautiful, nor have I ever relaxed so comfortably in a hardwood chair without the aid of cushioning. This chair molds to your body and cushions each bony protuberance. Thank you for making such a fine piece and for making it so readily available. I look forward to treasuring the memories that will be made while rocking in this chair for many years to come.
North Billerica, MA
January 14, 2003
Dear Weeks Family,
I just want you to know how happy Nina is with her new rocking chair. It arrived yesterday, right on her birthday, as promised, and she fell in love with it immediately. She's wanted a rocking chair for many years but never liked any she sat in. But when she sat in your chair she knew she'd found a home. She loves it and I am thrilled. And it is so beautiful to look at and a pleasure to touch. I've been trying for more than 30 years and have never before been able to give her a gift that pleased her as much as your beautiful chair. I don't know what I'm going to do next year.
Thanks for making such wonderful things and thanks for all the extra effort to make this happen for me on her birthday.
Brookside, New Jersey
December 10, 2002
The rocking chair arrived in perfect condition on Friday. It is just beautiful, and so beautifully made. It's comfortable for both me and my husband — I'm 5'9" and he's 6'3" — and so solidly built it doesn't make a peep nor creak. I spend a lot of time nursing our baby and I thought I might need to add cushions for more comfort, but no matter how long I sit it's still comfortable. It is truly a thing of beauty and comfort.
Thank you so much!
New York, New York
November 23, 2002
In a world where mediocrity thrives and proliferates, while good men and women struggle and die, a world where avarice has replaced philanthropy and violence has replaced compassion, your rocking chair restores my confidence in the human spirit. That's no exaggeration. One problem, though. How do I extract my wife from the chair? I'd like to sit in it.
November 7, 2002
Just a quick note to thank all of you for the hard work put in to my rocker, which arrived today (Friday a.m).
It is a wonderful piece of furniture, as you know, and the exquisite curves and colour, let alone the joins which can hardly even be seen, are something to just marvel over.
To Gary and Austin especially, thank you. And to Leslie and Zach and all the others who contributed, thanks for your work.
It is of course the best piece of furniture I have ever bought and the most prized. Nothing I've invested in even comes close except for my flat! And even that is not as beautiful.
I am and have been in awe of the work that you all do and would be blessed if I could work in wood with even a fraction of the skills and precision. But of course that is the domain of just a few, and my own skills are elsewhere.
And I wish for you all the best of luck and prosperity in your work, ideas and plans for the future whatever they are, although of course they will involve wood and wonderful design and execution.
I will cherish my Weeks Rocker and always remember the work that went into the design, the choice of wood and the careful shaping and polishing of the parts to make it a truly memorable piece of furniture that will always be admired and used.
October 12, 2002
Thank you again for your outstanding design and craftsmanship. The rocking chair has been more comfortable than I could have ever imagined, even sitting for long periods of time. My feet even touch the floor! I am still amazed with the way the chair fits both me and my husband perfectly, yet is beautiful too. It will truly be a blessing for our nursery and home for years to come.
Good luck to you and your business.
San Antonio, Texas
March 6 2002
Just a note to say I have moved and the rocker M. got for me has a whole group of new admirers. Everyone who sits in it says — it just fits. Interesting because short or tall, thin or wide, they all say that.
Thanks for the quality of workmanship your furniture shows. It has been a real joy to own.
Keep up the good work —
December 19, 2001
I wanted to let you know that the rocking chair arrived on Monday. Everything was in perfect order. As you may recall the rocking chair was for my wife and our newborn son. I think you will be happy to hear it was warmly received. It was everything she wanted and more.
When I brought the chair home I had her go to the bedroom while I brought it into the living room. I then led her out, eyes closed of course. I wish you could have seen her face when she sat down.
Many thanks for the fine work you do. Special thanks for going the extra mile to keep me up to date on the shipping status. It is not often these days that you can spend money as a consumer and have zero regrets about your purchase.
T. & N.B.
P.S. — I hope you find the following useful in marketing your wonderful product.
[The postcript can be seen on Testimonials, 2001. GW]
April 5, 2001
I just opened the crate and took out the rocker. It is beeaauutiffuull!! Such simple lines, yet so BIG and sturdy. I can rest my head with room to spare. I thank you for making it. I will love it for many years to come.
All the best,
Santa Rosa, California
July 11, 2000
You may recall our visit to your workshop on Saturday, July 1st. You will be pleased to know that after our visit to California to see some other handmade rocking chairs, there is no competition! Your rocking chairs win in terms of comfort and artistic quality — it helped that you pointed out your matching of grains, lamination, method of joining, etc. — as we might have overlooked these qualities otherwise.
Please accept this as our order for two of The Weeks Rockers in Cherry. Enclosed is our deposit check of $500, with the remainder payable when the rockers are near completion.
Double Oak, Texas
March 01, 1998
The chair is a pleasure to sit in, a joy to the eye, and sensuous to the touch. The wood is fine to start with, carefully matched, and finely finished. In short, I am impressed and pleased.
Rolling Hills Estates, CA
May 5, 1992
Dear Leslie and Gary,
B. drove over 400 miles today to surprise me with your chair #6. I wish you could have seen the look on my face when I walked in the house!
The rocking chair is a perfect blend of art and engineering. It is absolutely wonderful! We've placed it by the fireplace where it belongs.
You've created a family heirloom — a real treasure. Thank you sincerely for using your talent in such a lovely way.