A “Just Right” Rocking Chair

The bentwood rocker is brown with age and the color of its thin wooden arms – where human arms have rested – is lighter than the rest of the wood. The back has five wooden rungs that are attached to two rounded wooden pieces that stretch three inches above the highest rung and all the way down to below the curved rockers. The rounded pieces do not go into the rockers but rather are fitted on the sides with half-moon cut-outs. The seat is woven rush and it is made up of four triangular sections that meet in the center. There are two rungs below the seat on all four sides to sturdy the old chair.

The chair is not heavy at all, but neither is it extremely light. It’s sturdy enough to hold a full-grown man though the width of the seat could not accommodate anyone who was very large. The width of the seat is around a foot and a half across, so no overeating if you want to linger in that chair.

The chair sits near the fireplace and is a favorite place to sit, especially if a fire has been lit. The rocking action is good. Not too shallow and not too deep. Just the right amount of push to rock back and then propel forward. The chair is not too tall, so it’s perfect for me, a not-very-tall woman.

There is comfort to this chair. It is not expensively made and yet it’s also not cheap. Just right in its construction to satisfy the person who needs to rest, to sit a while, to rock away troubles, or to rock with contemplation. This is the chair of choice for me on any morning when I feel a need for a little comfort or at night when I might want a little relaxation. A comfort chair is what this rocker is. For me now, for someone in the past, most certainly, and, hopefully, for someone in the future.


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