Emma Maxwell. Rocking Chair. April 21st , 2018.
Many people prefer sitting on a rocking chair while watching television, reading books or magazines, and making handicrafts such as sewing or knitting because sitting on an ordinary chair for a long period time can be very tiring and uncomfortable. The rocking chair has an ergonomic design that allows you to remain seated for a long span of time without straining your back, and its rocking motion has a relaxing effect that can help you sleep peacefully after you've finished reading or knitting.
The modern version of the rocking chair is called a contemporary rocking chair. Unlike the other types of rocking chairs, a contemporary rocking chair doesn't necessarily present a woody appearance. The said type of rocking chair is available in a wide array of bold colors like red and yellow. The shapes and sizes of contemporary rocking chairs are very different from the conventional types too. Makers of contemporary types of rocking chair are more aggressive when it comes to backrest shapes, rocker forms, leg sizes, and seat materials. Some models of contemporary rocking chair are odd-looking and very geometrical. Despite its unique appearance, the contemporary types of rocking chair still gives the same comfort and relaxation provided by other rocking chair types.
The origin of the rocking chair is unknown but the first ones we do know of originated in England in the early 1700's and were made near Windsor Castle in Berkshire (which lies about a 20 minute drive away from Heathrow Airport) hence the name 'Windsor Rocker'. In all probability it came about through watching the therapeutic effect of gently rocking a baby in it's cradle, so why not do the same for adults? England was not the only country to have the rocker at that time, Sweden had another form around 1740 called the 'Gungstol', which just means rocking chair. These originally had 6 legs and were traditionally painted black with gold outlines. A four legged version became popular in the 1800's
What do you think of when you think of a rocking chair? Grandpa rocking on the porch enjoying his after dinner pipe of tobacco? Maybe you get a picture of Grandma sitting by the fire knitting furiously and then falling asleep with the cat on her lap? What about a mother nursing her new born baby until the baby eventually falls to sleep (or the mother does). There is no other piece of furniture which quite evokes our memories to the same extent as the humble rocking chair, many illustrators even picture Santa Claus is a rocking chair, having forty winks before setting off back up the chimney. This chair has been an inherent part of our history and, as with so many other things has evolved a long way from its crude beginnings.
Knowing all of that, it could take months or even a year to make the perfect rocking chair. Their balance of difficulty layouts and simplistic designs is what makes the rocking chair a classic. There is so much hard work that much goes into one and yet it can look like it didn't take much to even build it. Many people will add their own twist on their rocking chair by carving designs in the wood before putting it all together. The rocking chair is perfect for anyone from six months to 60 years old; everyone loves a rocking chair and they look good too.
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