Many people would agree that becoming a grandparent is one of life’s greatest blessings. Spending quality time with your grand-kids become precious moments you look forward too.
A rocking chair is a staple in most homes because of its ability to provide relaxation to anyone who uses it. People, most especially if grandparents, love lounging in them while they take their afternoon naps.
But this one made by avid reader and rocking chair craftsman Hal Taylor is not your ordinary piece. Instead of having just one backrest and seat, Taylor builds models that have three!
As a voracious reader, Taylor always read to his two children even before they were born and until they grew up. When they became toddlers, Taylor kept the habit and read to his children every day while they were all seated comfortably in a rocking chair that he made himself.
However, when his third child was born, he eventually had to read to three kids. Rose, the oldest and the “communicator” in the family, had to stand by the chair during storytime because Taylor’s lap wasn’t large enough to accommodate all three children.
The dad thought that it wasn’t fair and as a rocking chair maker, he thought that he could find a solution to this dilemma. That’s when the idea of building the StoryTime Rocking Chair was born.
The chair’s armrests were transformed into seats for two kids, complete with back braces and a headrest just in case one of them dozes off during storytime.
Taylor has more than 24 years of experience making rocking chairs, so he surely knows what he’s doing. Unfortunately, these chairs would cost you a lot – the StoryTime Rocker sells for $8,000 and are all made custom fit to the buyer.
One might ask: why is this rocking chair so expensive? Taylor has the perfect answer to that.
“Is it a lot of money – 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!” Taylor wrote on his website.
If you think about, the steep pricing just makes sense, right?
Aside from that, each chair takes a lot of time to make, requiring over 200 precisely cut and shaped pieces of wood to build the 19 back braces, which is more than you’ll ever find in 20 normal rocking chairs!