What do you do when your children love it when you read to them, but you have one too many kids to fit all of them on your rocking chair? You build a bigger rocking chair, obviously!
Hal Taylor, a master craftsman with over 26 years of experience in the art of woodworking, enjoyed story time with his children very much. And everything was going perfectly for them until his third child was born. Suddenly, there wasn’t enough room on his lap! And, since it would hardly be fair to leave one kid standing, the experienced woodcarver from Stanley, Virginia decided to take matters into his own hands and fix the situation.
The conception and creation
“I have been an avid reader all of my life,” the artist explains. “Therefore, when I had children I began reading to them very early, before they were born actually. This continued until their reading ability eclipsed my own. When Rose was born, she proved herself to be the ‘communicator’ in the family very quickly, speaking in complete sentences with perfect diction. Well – she was NOT going to be left out of the reading crowd! This presented a problem for me because, not having a lap large enough for three children, this meant that Rachael, the oldest, had to stand by the chair at story time. I felt this was not at all fair and thought, ‘Well, I make rocking chairs, I can figure this thing out!’ And, I did.”
The chairs are entirely hand-made. Hal uses over 260 separate pieces of wood, each of them cut, planed and fitted together perfectly so as to create a bilaterally symmetrical chair. The amount of work and effort it takes to build one of these is unbelievable, and it is clearly reflected in the price: one of these StoryTime Rocking Chairs costs over $7000! But no price is too high when it comes to making your children happy, right?
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