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uring high school and college, I spent summers working with my grandfather doing masonry and construction of all kinds. I was inspired toward a lifelong love of designing and making things from a variety of materials. I feel that a unique balance of function, comfort and quality are key design elements to make furniture of lasting value. It has to fulfill its primary function (such as to be comfortable) while also being of a special design and quality so that itís worth caring for over the years.
I started a custom woodshop in 1974 in Burlington, Vermont. I made a line of furniture, including rockers, stools, chairs, and all kinds of custom work, for many years. In 1988, I moved the shop to Starksboro, with a view of rolling hills and fields. In 1995, I decided to change the aim of the shop from custom woodwork to concentrate on just one item. That item was one of my earliest and best-loved designs, the Vermont Folk Rocker, which I had patented in 1979.
As I changed my shop around, I redesigned my rocker, distilling the best of my furniture-making experience into the Vermont Folk Rocker. The secret to the comfort of the Rocker is the more than six dozen smooth interlocking blocks suspended with nylon rope. While it has a classic beauty, its real charm is in the sitting.
The Vermont Folk Rocker offers firm support to tired backs. The smooth movement of the rocker is therapy for everyone from pregnant women and nursing moms to retired granddads. The Rocker is crafted in a choice of cherry, oak, birdís eye maple or black walnut, with the natural wood finish brought out by multiple coats of non-toxic linseed oil and beeswax.
The shop welcomes visitors and we ship the Rockers around the world.