DiResta Improvises a Sam Maloof-Style Rocking Chair
In this video, done in a more documentary style, Jimmy DiResta’s shop assistant records him as he shoots a video for Rockler Woodworking. We get to see how Jimmy goes about shooting a video as he answers questions on his video-making and project-making process.
We get to see Jimmy’s rather unique method of improvising his way toward a design for the chair. It’s fascinating to see how he sketches full-size on kraft paper, transfers the paper design to cardboard (using carbon paper), transfers the design onto wood, tightens up the design on the wood, and then further refines the shapes as he cuts and carves the pieces on his bandsaw.
In the video, Jimmy explains that he doesn’t like to do plans in something like SketchUp and then slavishly follow them. He prefers to work loose so that he can remain open to inspiration and improvisation as he moves through the stages of the project.
By the end of video, the chair is only 70% or so finished. The final reveal will be in the Rockler video.
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