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While I shudder at today's fast paced world of multi-tasking, there is at least one positive element that can be translated back
into rocking chair design.  Guess who thought of incorporating a cradle and a rocking chair?  Shakers, that's who.  Surfing
along on the internet brought me to a picture of an old Shaker Nanny Rocker.   I began wondering what a Maloof style nanny
rocker would look like.  
Curly quartersawn white oak nanny rocker
The sensible design allows a baby to be rocked while mother takes
some much deserved time for herself.  Furthermore, Dad's can enjoy
the game and Grandma's can knit little booties while rocking the baby
to sleep.

A chair like this is also useful during the period between children and
grandchildren.  The cradle end becomes a storage basket for reading
material, pillows, blankets or even a fluffy little dog bed.

In the end, if all you want to do is sit and rock, these are still fantastic
rocking chairs.
Nanny Rocker rear view
Nanny Rocker cradle
Nanny Rocker side view
For the times when babies need their own space, there is nothing better than a
smooth, quiet swinging cradle.  A sturdy base and ball bearing pivots provide and
endless amount of soothing motion to make baby feel safe and comfortable.  Of
course, there are the gooseneck swingarms and 40 hand-cut curved spindles to
ensure that these cradles remain interesting while waiting for the next child to arrive.

Note:  Talk to your local upholstery shop about mattresses, sheets and bumpers for
these pieces.  It is much easier for you to get exactly what you want this way.  I can
send the necessary templates and measurements so the upholsterer has plenty of
time to finish.
Walnut Cradle side view
Hand-cut curved spindle close-up
Walnut cradle over view
Walnut cradle end view