Rocking Chair In Walnut…

While in New Zealand last month, I made a point of dropping in on David Haig at Tui Cottage in Cable Bay ….. just out of Nelson on the northern part of the South Island..

What an absolutely beautiful place to live and work…Davids workshop is just down towards the beach from the house… The whole yard is tropical gardens, thanks to his wife Clare.

Even though we dropped in unannounced we were greeted like long lost friends.. and invited in for morning tea… It was David’s birthday the day before so there was little bit of birthday cake to have with the coffee…

It was wonderful to be able to see David and his assistant, Mia, applying the first coat of oil to one of his signature pieces.. a rocking chair made from locally grown Walnut…

He let me in on his secret finish… danish oil with marine varnish added… and used as a wiping oil… continual wiping on until saturated then any surplus oil is wife off with old flannelette … This can take a  while… It is left to dry over night and then  two more coats drying over night… and the last coat is left for several days before buffing with wax….


While I only had a short time with David and Mia … I really enjoyed seeing how he worked… I even got a few shots of the workshop…

He has a wicked sense of humour as can be seen from the sign above the window in the last photo…

And now for the finished chair…


About Lazy Larry

Just a woodworker sharing some of the things learnt the hard way... so you don't make the same mistakes...
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2 Responses to Rocking Chair In Walnut…

  1. Bill Aplin says:

    That is a lovely chair, you were definitely lucky to get a look at the finishing and to share the secret to the finish.
    I would love to know how to apply a finish and wax it to get a beautiful lustre like that.
    So much to learn!

  2. Michael Wurm says:

    Cool Larry, love that rocker. Nice shop too.

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