|In the making of these chairs, the wood is worked green
because it yields more predictably and shaves easier. Ring porous hardwood
has shrinking properties which are used to advantage. The rungs are shaved
and dried before shaping the tenon and inserting it into the mortise in
the green post. This method is as old as ingenuity; however, it is time
and labor intensive. Jaros has invented tools to expedite the work and
waste less material while using the same methods employed by the Shakers
150 years ago.
||Riven wood is rendered from the stem of a tree by
splitting the log along the grain with wedges. The riving (riv-ing) procedure
follows the wood grain and reveals the essential strength of the wood.
A riving is a bundle of fibers, the stongest unit of wood you can get from
Rivings are matched and oriented according to the specific design requirements
of each chair. You can often find matching growth rings in each of the
four chair legs.
parts are shaved to shape with drawknives and spokeshaves while held on
a shaving horse. Certain parts are steamed and bent to a shape that provides
comfort. By changing the size and shape of certain parts, any chair, especially
rocking chairs, can be adjusted to provide an individualized fit.
Fitting for the Walden Rocker is best achieved at the Artist Market.