R. B. Wing
I live and work in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I moved here from upstate New York in 2007. I have been building furniture, for my own use, for 15 years using hand and power tools. I have been making these rocking chairs since 2019. For forty years, my day job has been construction management, so time in the shop in the last fifteen has provided a mental and emotional counterpoint to that vocation. In the shop, I'm challenged, and absorbed for hours in the design and execution of projects, pushing the limits of my skill and imagination.
In the shop I can forgive my self for mistakes, nurture humility, and learn even more from their correction.
My process is always an evolving response to the material at hand, to the grain, to the shapes that emerge. I work in North American hardwoods and each chair combines contrasting wood types. Eyes and hands behold and respond. Choices evolve and the result is always a unique creation.
There are few straight lines in the chairs. Each adult rocker takes 250-300 hours to sculpt for unmatched comfort.
The child's rockers are my own design, the Adult rockers are modifications/renditions of Sam Maloof's graceful, organic creations. Currently, as of 6/5/21, two of my chairs are on display at the Canyon Road gallery known as "On Canyon Road", 429 Canyon Road, across from Geronimo's Restaurant.
I have also been influenced by William Kappel, Hal Taylor, Paul Limisky and Charles Brock.
I do make other types of furniture and I will accept furniture commissions.