I have a new grandson, one week old today, whose name is River Winslow Zylstra. His aunt, who is a professional photographer, posted some great pictures of him here: [link] This is a cradle I built for him.
The cradle swings from the top, using bearings that I fixed in the wood at the top of the arches. The reason it appears "fixed," I hope, is that the arches were made from one piece of cherry wood, which was then cut at the top of the arch. This means that the two sides of each of the two arches should appear matched for grain and color, and my hope was that the separation at the top of the arches would hardly be noticeable. From your comment, it would seem that this scheme worked! Thanks for looking, and thanks for the generous comment! GRW
oh wow, that's an excellent, beautiful design. im very impressed by your skill with timber! i also took a peek at the rest of your gallery, and while i was expecting more woodwork, i was pleasantly surprised by all your beautiful nature shots, as well as the ones from Asia, especially the one of the boys in washtubs, it was really amazing how they manage to enjoy life despite such severe handicaps, and poverty. i am a photographer myself, and i do hope someday my photos can be as powerful and moving as the ones you've taken. and i hope you keep on capturing such powerful subjects, they really are a wonder to behold!
You're already doing great work, Rory. I will learn from you. I've just been lucky to travel to some interesting places. And, yes, people, including the children you mention, are amazing in their resilience. Cheers!
Most kind of you to find this cradle and grant the !
I just spent part of the weekend rocking my six-month old grandson, River, to sleep in it. That makes all the work worth it.
I owe the late Sam Maloof a debt of gratitude for the basic inspiration. Sam was, I think, along with George Nakashima, one of the finest artists with wood on the planet in the past 100 years. If you google "Maloof cradle" you'll see my indebtedness.
For me, the trickiest part of building this work was to get the top arches perfectly aligned after placing the ball bearings in them. I used bearings intended for rocker/gliders, and they seem to be working well.
Awesome, I will look that up. I really like the actual cradle part of this design the most. It's almost like the structure of a boat. I am designing mine to hang from the frame so it can be detached and sit on the floor also. I have a giant pile of scraps and partial designs and I think I finally have a solid idea of what I'm doing. Once I have a decent sketch drawn, I will post it in my gallery.
Yep, Zylstra is Dutch. River's dad and my son-in-law is from Dutch heritage on his fathers side, and native American (Cherokee) on his mother's side. And thanks for the kind words of congratulations and regarding the cradle.
Actually, the design is "borrowed" extensively from the great Sam Maloof, surely the world's greatest living woodworker. Take a look here, and you'll see what I got from Sam: [link] And thanks for looking and commenting, Jim!
I've been lucky to spend a fair bit of time with Sam because he lives nearby. He's well into his 90s now (93 to be exact). I'm also lucky that he made me an artful piece for my office. He's a wonder. Now...shouldn't there be some evidence of woodworking on your gallery?
Wow! Lucky indeed! It's funny, I tend to compartmentalize my hobbies. When I'm working on a project, I tend not to do any photography and vice-versa, so I never think to take pics when I'm done. I've done a couple of beds I was really proud of, maybe the owners will let me take pictures.
Like you, I never photographed my woodworking for many years. Most of what I made was given away. Finally, a few years ago, I began to keep a photographic log of each piece with a record of when it was made and to whom it was given. It's been fun sometimes to go back and remember those old friends -- both the works and the recipients.
Wow! I like the design of this. It has a Scandanavian feel to it. Kind of basketry. Did you design this from scratch? Looks like maple, what kind of wood did you use? Yeah the more I look at this, this is really a fine piece of art!
Thanks for the kind words. The design was inspired by the work of Sam Maloof, the greatest living woodworker in America, and maybe on the planet. Here are some of Maloof's works: [link] As you can see, I was following him, but no one can equal Sam! The wood I chose is cherry, except for the dowels some of which are walnut, and the four "plugs" on the uprights, which are turned from cocobolo. The good news is that River seems to like to sleep in his "bed."
Hola Alonso! How are you doing? Thanks for the comments. I usually try not to count how many hours go into a project; that would make it seem to much like work. But I'd guess that between 100 and 200 hours went into this piece over the course of about four months. Sometimes people ask where I get all the time. The answer is that it helps a lot that I loathe most television programming. Since the average American watches TV many hours a week, just imagine how much extra time that give me!
You had all the precious time to make something special for your little one. That was really sweet of you, Gerald. You are one wonderful person to do something like the bed. I knew there was something special and/or awesome about you when we first met the last time. You are going to be the best Grandpa for your grandchild.