This is the 'Garden Rocker' made  for the owner of 'Big Dog' stores. It was made to go into his new Garden room in his home in Beverly Hills. This rocker is  made using Argentine Mesquite with a natural edge Headrest, accents of ivory, Ebony and Tiger Maple. The front legs are my 'Ranch' style. You can make one like this or any of the many other designs once you have learned how by attending this 'Two Day' class.

He also bought two more rockers and this five foot wall clock for his new office.

I use exotic wood from all over the world with accents of Ivory, Ebony, Maple, Burled Mesquite, glass gem stones etc.

  Classes page;

Custom  Rocking Chair 

 Ready for the arms

 simple shop jigs to make the back leg splay out.


Group Seminar Cost 3 or more students: Five day seminars cost $5,500. A five hundred dollar ($500) deposit will reserve a spot for any open date. The balance of the seminar fee is required on or prior to the first day of the seminar. If for some reason you cannot make your date the deposit can be applied to another date or a manual. If you cancel more then 30 days before your class date a full refund can be given. Snacks and drinks will be provided each day of the seminar, but meals and sleeping accommodations are your responsibility.   Send check to Bill Kappel--1115s  100e  Ephraim, Ut 84627 

 Bill Kappel   1115 s   100 e   Ephraim, Ut   84627  ---   435-283-3193   or (801) 592-3392 ---


See samples rockers, under rockers in the gallery, for ides of what you can do. I will show you all you need to know about making these Sam Maloof style rocking chairs. Any woodworker can do it!
 I will demonstrate each critical step in making a Sam Maloof style custom rocking chair including the unique joints. You will learn it all; even the shop secrets. You will receive a complete instruction manual or credit if you have already purchased one. Hundreds of pictures available. You will be able to copy the shop built jigs I use. You can take all the pictures you want for your personal use. You can cut hard copies of other rocker and chair part patterns I use and or make paper patterns. It is not necessary that you be an accomplished woodworker because I will show you how to build a custom rocker using a few economical tools. Even a table saw in not necessary and the rest of the tools need not be the expensive variety. One of my most handy tools was a free gift I received at one of the woodworking shows. The jigs I use are rough, scrap lumber, shop built things taking only a few minutes to make. If you follow the instructions I give you will be able to make a custom rocker with accurate joints, ideal balance and custom sized. When you leave my shop you will have been exposed to all the techniques necessary to build a custom rocking chair.
 Limited four up to ten (10) students per class Woodworking Class to make a Maloof style rocking chair in five days. 


    You Build- CLASS:    code # 21  

One-on-one (you build) classes please call for a date of your choice.

"You Build" (Seminar Rocker)   If you prefer to make your own rocker (You-Build) I will give the personal (one-on-one) attention necessary while we construct your rocker (about one week). I supply the wood of your choice (so long as it is not toxic), all information, tools, patterns, jigs, shop space, adhesives and snacks. This includes the accent materials such as Ivory, Ebony, Bastogne, African Blackwood, Burled Mesquite etc. When you take your rocker home it will still need to be finish sanded and detailed using my supplied finish and instructions.  The cost is $7,500 for the seminar help, class wood  etc. If you choose an exotic species of wood the cost will have to be adjusted . This is the best way to receive personal instructions, manual, jigs, etc and obtain a rocker. You can keep the rocker or sell this rocker at a profit to pay for the class. You end up with the ability to make custom rockers for free. For the "You-Build seminar rocker" please contact me about any week of the year. Code # 21 for "You-Build seminar rocker" info. Email me or give me a call if you have questions. OR call 435-283-3193.

A five hundred dollar deposit will hold the date you choose. The balance is due the first day of class.

Send check to Bill Kappel   1115s  100e   Ephraim, Ut  84627 

One of the best parts of building a rocker in Utah is the dry climate of about 5 percent. You can take the rocker anywhere and be confident your work will stay sound and durable. If you build a solid wooden rocker in any humid climate such as on the East Cost and bring it out west it will dry to our local moisture content and likely crack and the joints will loosen. Solid wood moves with moisture content and that is the reality of the matter. Even if the lumber is kiln dried to the 6 to 8 percent ideal, in high humid areas most shops will re-acclimate the lumber in a few days to a much higher moisture content. We have all heard of the horror stories of families moving from Florida to some western state such as Arizona or Nevada and have their solid wood furniture fall apart.


Call for new class schedule  435-283-3193  or  (801)592-3392

Tel: +1.435-283-3193 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm, Saturday By Appointment 

 Seat front leg cutout

 Shaping top of the seat

 Clamping runners glue up

Band sawing arm

 All 21 rocker parts cut and ready to assemble.

Classic Argentine Mesquite 'Ranch'

natural edged Headrest

 Built from 'scrap' Myrtle wood into a 'Petite' classic

 I will personally demonstrate all aspects  of building the Sam Maloof style rocking chair. You get the full size patterns and Seminar Text.  We will spend the days in demonstration also with question and answer times.  

 Send me an email and I will sign you up.  Bring cash or a check  when you come. 

 Test fit for arms

 Front leg seat cutout

One of my seminars and students

Burl Maple Headrest on Tiger Maple body

      A  A  little bit about Utah and Ephriam:

My shop is in Ephraim (about 5 thousand population), Utah, and only about two hours South of the Salt Lake City international airport. We are about fifty-five hundred feet above sea level in a beautiful mountain valley.

Recreation: There is a golf courses within minutes of my shop. Racket or handball, basketball etc. facilities at Snow College just blocks from my shop. Bowling at Snow Cap Lanes two blocks away. Fishing galore in more than twenty lakes and streams within minutes of my shop. ATV (rentals available) trails all over the place with miles and miles of mountain adventure available.

Summer Recreation Sanpete County: Hunting; Fishing; Camping; Golfing; Festivals; Rock Climbing, Track Elk herds on horseback, Visit State and Federal Parks, Museums, Art and Antique Shows, (visit for more information)

May: Scouting Expo, Rhubarb Festival, Soap Box Derby; Spring City Heritage Days; Ephraim Scandinavian Days; Memorial Day; Big Daddy Roth Days;

June: Fly-in for "plane nuts"; Old Home Days; Mormon Miracle Pageant; Heritage Days; Hub City Day with muzzleloader shoots, 'mutton bustin'; rodeo; Golf Tournament etc,

July: Mountain Man Rendezvous; Lace Days; Blackhawk Rendezvous; Children's Theatre; Pioneer Days; Ox burro Rodeo; Softball tournament; ATV rodeo;

August: Mountain ATV Run; GBEEC Star Party with Snow College Physics Dept.; Backcountry first aid workshop; Sanpete County Fair; Arts Plain Air Competition (art work will be for sale). Classic Bike Race with 46, 75, and 102 mile races on courses that wind through the local countryside with little traffic.

September : Arts Festival and Artist' Studio Tour; Sanpete County Cruise-In and Poker Run;

October : Apple days start with Ugly Witch Contest and parade;

December : Old fashion Christmas Village



Hotel accommodations within a few minutes of my shop.


Willow Creek Inn, 450 S Main St, Ephraim, UT   about two miles away   
(435) 283-4566

Hotels in Manti are about six miles for my shop

Temple View Lodge, 260 E 400 N, Manti, UT   
(435) 835-6663

Manti Motel, 445 N Main St, Manti, UT
(435) 835-8533

Manti County Village Motel, 134 N, Main St, Manti, UT
(435) 835-9300