Seven Day Maloof Inspired Rocker Class
Taught at Highland Woodworking
On January 12, 2010, five fine woodworkers who journeyed from across the United States arrived at Maloof Inspired
Rocker School with Charles Brock at Highland Woodworking in Atlanta. From there it was total immersion in bandsawing,
joining, routing, rasping, drilling, bending, gluing and scraping walnut stock into the
parts of their dream rockers. Students rotated through work stations while Charles and his assistant Mark
McGowan gave whole group and individual instruction on each step of rocker construction.
Each day there were different tasks to accomplish. Highland Woodworking supplied the
class with two bandsaws that were kept constantly busy shaping the seats, arms, headrests, legs and seven spindles.
Each student spent lots of bench time carving the seven spindles
into a matched set using rasps and spoke shaves. There was no logjam at the machines because there was always
work to continue doing on the spindles. The rocker cold lamination glue form was busy three times every day
with rocker sled glue-ups.
RAS 115 rotary sanders
were used with
Festool dust extractors
three students at a time to sculpt the contours of their seats without choking on the dust.
Students also used
Festool Domino jointers
to align and strengthen the coopered seat joints. Students took
turns sawing the notches and dados in their seat to leg joints with a
SawStop Table Saw
said, "The SawStop technology allows safe table saw instruction in a class for the first time!
Everybody should have this piece of mind!"
The goals of the class were met and everyone went home with all their parts fitted and shaped and
screwed together. It takes approximately 150 to 200 hours to build a rocker and each student completed
the initial 70 hours. They shipped their rockers home "knocked down" ready to glue-up, shape,
scrape, sand and finish in their own shops.
A dentist from Buffalo, NY said, "Charles and Mark made the experience more than fabulous. Their
info and hospitality are winners. I have been to many dental technique courses – hands on – and
taught at many. This was like the very best of them. I am very glad I took part in the course, and am
recommending it to some of my woodworker friends."
Charles is offering another Build Your Maloof Inspired Rocker Class August 3-9, 2010. The class is limited
to five students and he has only two openings left.
for more information.
The teacher student ratio is 5 to 2 so each
student can get full benefit of the instruction as they build their own dream rocker.
Get a feel for the dynamics of the class by viewing our
Seven Day Class Slideshow
You can email Charles at
and visit his Maloof Inspired Rocker
for more information. You can also purchase the Build A Maloof Inspired Rocker
. Charles offers many different ways to help you make your Maloof Inspired rocker a reality