Fiddle Rocker

Posted: February 13, 2013
Fiddle Rocker

Thomas Orner turned the best musical instrument ever into the best pastime ever: Fiddle, meet Sitting in a Rocking Chair. The Fiddle Rocker No.3 (which both indicates predecessors No. 1 and No. 2 and falls in line with fancy musicians' obsession with No.-ing all their compositions) exists as a single masterpiece. The financially stable stringed instrument fanatic who buys this rocking chair will be the sole owner of anything like it. Well, except for the two likeminded owners of Fiddle Rockers No. 1 and No. 2.

So I don't really know what the difference between a fiddle and a violin is, except that one sounds rad and the other puts me to sleep, but Orner's description of the chair uses the two words interchangeably so maybe they're the same thing. Anyway, the Fiddle Rocker displays great loyalty to the tradition of violin making, and is even made of the same wood species as the instrument that brought us either "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" or "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" or both. The rocker's spruce back is a perfectly scaled version of the top of a violin, replete with F holes, ebony inlay, and top piece carving. Maple and ebony woods comprise its arms, and represent the neck, finger board, and scroll of a violin. Fiddle Rocker butt support comes in the form of a maple seat, or very large version of the instrument's bridge. Orner notes that the cutaways, which do look really uncomfortable, are hardly noticeable during rocker use. As a final flourish, the chair also includes a tuning peg within the cross members underneath its seat.

Every aspect of Fiddle Rocker No. 3 was handmade, hand carved, and hand rubbed in oil urethane or polyurethane finishes.

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