My name is Joe Reuss and I build custom sculpted rocking chairs. I live in Houston, Texas where I enjoy all types of activities including boating, fishing, classic cars, and of course woodworking.
Why 2nd Life Woodworks
The name has two meanings. All of my Handshake Rockers are built to showcase the natural beauty of the wood I meticulously source. Unfortunately, that requires that the trees, often many times older than myself, had to die. I believe that making them into rockers gives the trees a sort of 2nd Life. By using the strongest of joints and building to the highest of standards, there is no reason these trees can't live a 2nd Life that spans much longer than their original.
Alternatively, crafting these raw timbers into rockers is a bit of a 2nd Life for me as well. I have a 'day job' career that involves working in the Oil & Gas industry. While I enjoy the work and find the industry fascinating, the satisfaction of using my hands to create is an appeal that is second to none.
I am the epitome of a one-man shop. Everything that comes out of my shop is made 100% by my hands. I build chairs to outlive me - that is my standard. It is hard, and very time consuming. I don't work on deadlines but rather for the love of the craft.