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How to Make a Beautiful Rocking Chair Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 6956 KB
  • Print Length: 473 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Taylor; V5.2 edition (January 1, 1997)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 1997
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007DN04IA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was born in Parsons, Kansas in 1947. My parents were divorced when I was four and I spent the next ten years bouncing back and forth from parent to parent, city to city, pretty much raising myself. I do not recall spending two consecutive years in the same school until I reached high school. By my high school years my mother, two sisters and I had moved back to the place of my birth where I completed four years of high school. Why not tell the truth 'eh. Early on I felt I knew how to make things. My father, who was never around, was a very good craftsman and I guess genetics counts for something. I always felt more comfortable making things and studying physics and metaphysics than talking with people. When I was four years old I would drop marbles in the floor of the back seat of our car as we were driving in order to determine if the marble stopped moving when I released it or if it continued to travel at the same speed as the car.

I attended our local junior college for a year or so and finally ended up volunteering for the draft in '67. After a year in Ft. Monmouth studying electronics I did a year tour in Viet Nam, stationed in Can Tho, south of Saigon where I repaired secure communications equipment. We were seldom shot at and when we were the VC who were shooting proved, for the most part, not to be very accurate.

As a young man who had barely traveled more than 100 miles from home, being in Viet Nam was an outrageous adventure. I met my first Buddhist monks and used to spend one afternoon a week teaching them English. Until I was informed I was fraternizing with the "enemy" at which point the language lessons came to an end.

Back from Viet Nam I enrolled at Pittsburg State College in Pittsburg Kansas. I was planning to study psychology. Since I 'hated' biology, my adviser recommended that I take the course "Biology for People Who Hate Biology". "An excellent idea" I thought. Unexpectedly, I found the course and the professor to be brilliant and when registering for the following semester sought another course that Dr. Riches taught. Again I found it an amazing experience. Finally, having taken every course he taught I realized I was a biology major! I graduated with a degree in Biology, a minor in Chemistry then went on to work for a company that manufactured electronic instrumentation used in bio-medical and bio-chemical research, thus combining my electronics from the military and biology/chemistry from college.

Weary from the travel involved in repairing this equipment, I took a job as a bench technician in an electrical engineering company where, given access to a computer I taught myself assembly language programming, basic and machine code programming. They soon promoted me to the position of Project Engineer where I designed digital controls for industrial machinery and wrote software. While there my boss quit to start his own company and hired me as his first engineer.

I ended up the Manager of Electrical Engineering for a small company in Woodbridge VA where I continued to design digital electronics for industry, wrote manuals and guided young engineers. After several years I was promoted to Plant Manager where my primary responsibility was manufacturing engineering. Finally - I had discovered why I had been created! I loved this job! From there I started my own consulting company, Manufacturing Excellence. When faced with the prospect of extensive travel or making something at home I opted for making something at home so I could be with my three small children, Rachael who was then five, Aaron two and Rosie almost one year old. Were it not for my wife, Wendy's willingness to re-enter the job market this would not have been possible.

It has been interesting and now my children are either graduated from, or attending Mary Washington University. I do not make too many rocking chairs these days but love teaching and research so I continue to teach and do my "rocking chair research". After 18 years of making and improving rocking chairs I continue to make changes. I would have thought that by this time I would have discovered everything. Fortunately, the adventure continues!

My hobbies include making musical instruments, studying the history of religion and the history of humanity on the earth. I am a certified hypnotherapist.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By edward Kerns on January 18, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
First of all, I have to make clear that this review is for the Kindle edition of Hal's book. Like many of the others who have written a review, I am an amateur woodworker and I anticipate that this build will tax my abilities. Also like many of the others, I'm confident that with the comprehensive instructions (and no doubt the occasional set back) I can get this project done. That said, there are problems with this Kindle edition that are driving me up the wall.
First there is no table of contents. I'd consider this rather essential in a reference material where it is common to refer back and forth among the pages. I have gone through and bookmarked a bunch of pages just so I can at least get in the ballpark when I'm looking for a specific step or instruction.
Second, the photos as seen on an actual Kindle are near worthless. I have the 1st gen. model and what I see looks pretty much like a smudge on the page. Any detail is very hard to pick out. I have put the Kindle app on my computer and the book displays much better, however the photos are still not much larger than thumbnail size - maybe 3" sq. or there abouts. I would LOVE to be able to enlarge these shots. These are 'how to' pictures and being able to see the detail is everything. One other complaint; as the book is formatted on my Kindle many of the pictures show up on a page other than the where it is being referred to. This requires some hunting around to find the photo being discussed, and to make matters worse, some of the pictures are not labeled with a reference number, so you have to count from the last labeled pic to find the right one in sequence (for instance there may be picture # 42-3 then several shots with no numbers and then #42-7). Not the end of the world but aggravating when you're trying to learn.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John C. Morris on March 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I became interested in rocking chair building about two and a half years ago. And I came across Hal Taylors website. His site is a combination of rocker sales for his clients, and the university where his students are able to learn to build these fabulous rockers. Hal has a live classroom that students can actually participate in at his own home/business and he has a set of materials and templates that you can purchase as well and follow along with his book and build one of these fantastic chairs. I purchased his book, and his templates and I built my first rocker two years ago and I have never looked back. His instructional manual is tops, when I bought mine it was much more expensive then the Kindle version but don't let that fool you. The Kindle version is the exact same book! Just much less then what Hal was selling them at two years ago. Hal also provided email and phone support for any questions that may arise while building the rocker. His instructions are concise, great photos, and excellent clarity in the text descriptions. The biggest thing that attracted me to Hals chairs and his manuals, is his chairs are so unique. Look, everyone is building the "Maloof" chair. I love Sam's chairs too. But they are flooding the market with them. I wanted to build something unique, and I wanted to have a direction in chair building where eventually I could start to incorporate my own design ideas easily into the chair. And Hals book gives you those opportunities. Build your first chair with Hal, then insert your own style into the chair with chair number two and so on. Or build all your chairs like Hal's, he's good with that! Whatever you decide to do, buy his Kindle book, you'll not be sorry.
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John Morris
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fred Schock on February 26, 2012
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Hal Taylor is, without a doubt, a master craftsman with an eye for detail and a desire for perfection. He refers to himself as the "other" rocking chair maker, a clear allusion to the art and craft of the late Sam Maloof for whom Hal has great affection. No doubt he follows in the tradition that Sam exemplified.

After deciding to craft his own style rocking chairs some twenty years ago, Hal has now made over three hundred. As might be expected, his first was for his daughter Rachael. That accomplishment became the impetus to focus his efforts full-time on designing and crafting beautiful rocking chairs. Like so many accomplished artists, Hal willingly shares his knowledge with this book, a detailed account of the ways in which he works from choosing the rough lumber to finishing the final product. In it, Hal uses an informal style and quickly reveals that he enjoys what he is doing whether demonstrating, teaching or sharing his knowledge and wisdom. While communicating with ease, he spins out his yarn and easily provides a comfort zone for his readers, both amateurs, hobbyists or gifted professionals. He achieves this with humor on the one hand and attention to detail on the other but always mindful of his ultimate goal: making beautiful rocking chairs. His presentation is remarkable both in its textual account as well as in the use of graphics and images. Both his book and his craftmanship are truly inspiring.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Nikirk on March 8, 2012
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As mentioned by earlier reviewers, this type of rocking chair is on a lot of woodworker's bucket lists. This chair will challenge you and you'll learn many techniques that will translate over to your other woodworking projects. In other words, you will become a better woodworker after having completed this chair.
Hal's book takes you step by step through the process from lumber selection and grain orientation to final assembly and everything in between. A list of tools and supplies is included in the appendix. There are lots of photos and drawings to help you understand the process of making your chair. If you run into a problem or just don't understand something Hal is always there for you. He is just a phone call or an e-mail away.
Finally I'll tell you that this is by no means an easy project, but with Hal's book it is possible for folks with modest woodworking skills, such as myself, to create something beautiful that you will be proud of. I know I'm very proud of mine.
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