For grandparents, their laps are usually prime real estate for their grandchildren during storytime. However, three’s not always enough room to fit more than two kids at a time, that is until now.
Hal Taylor, a wood craftsman with over 24 years experience in the woodworking business, loved sharing storytime with his kids. But after his third child was born, he soon realized that there was no more room to fit all of the kiddos on his lap. That’s when Taylor had a stroke of genius. He would soon go on to design and build the StoryTime Rocking Chair.
Here’s a photo of Taylor and his kids in the first chair he built. As you can see, this rocker is perfect for accommodating kiddos of many different ages.
At first, we thought this was a joke, kind of like an Olan Mills awkward family photo. But as we learned more about the chair, it became evident that it’s pretty darn cool! To begin with, it has an extremely well-built frame, and it is perfectly designed to accommodate the ideal multi-kid reading experience.
However, these rockers are currently a tad bit on the expensive side (like the price of expensive car side). These babies will run you around $8,000 to $9,500 a chair, depending on what type of wood you want.
The reason these chairs are so expensive is that each chair is handmade for your specific family. In fact, Taylor even asks that you supply your height and inseam measurements, along with a photo whenever you place your order. This information allows him to make a chair that will be both comfortable and tailor-made for your body. So yeah, don’t expect to see these at Walmart anytime soon!
“I made a chair for a fellow in California who was built like a tank, wide abeam and muscular,” Taylor wrote on his website. “Thus, when I made his chair I made all of the parts a little heavier than I would normally and when he sent a photo of himself in his new chair they were a ‘perfect match.’”
As a matter of fact, these rockers are very complex, with over 260 specific pieces going into every single chair.
“Every piece of wood in the chair is carefully matched!” Taylor wrote on his website. “The seat is bilaterally symmetrical as you can see from this photo. The joint is perfect because it is hand planed, which takes time.”
But yes, a handmade rocking chair like this is definitely worth the price. As Tailor wrote on his website, it’s a piece of furniture that’s likely to become a treasured family heirloom.
“Is it a lot of money?” he wrote. “YES but ask yourself this question. ‘Of all of the things I have spent money on in the last 20 years, how many of them will ever be used by my great grandchildren??’ This chair will!”
Hard to argue with that!
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