Woodworker hones his craft in cedar and cypress

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

BRONSON — Jackie Strickland was enjoying gently rocking in the chair.

“A buddy of mine got me started 10 years ago,” he said.

“I do all the work myself. It’s all hands on by me.”

“I log my own wood, mill it and cure it out,” he says. That’s an investment of a year’s time from cutting to rocking.

Strickland obtains his wood by taking down trees for property owners. He will cut the tree and haul the wood, he says, but the owners must haul the brush left by the job.

First it was cypress wood. Then came the cedar wood.

And he was hooked for life or so it seems as he sits in the rocker on the corner of Highway 27 and State Road 24 at this city’s main stoplight. He is in a chair with a 20-inch seat height.

His guest lolls in a rocker with a higher 22-inch seat. It’s not only great for longer-legged people; it’s easier on those older arthritic knees. “Exactly,” says Strickland. “But I can make them any way you like.”

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