The last time I visited my sister in Blacksburg, Va., we took a short drive over to Floyd in order to pick up a very particular brand of coffee from The Harvest Moon. Harvest Moon is a local store that carries organic foods, coffees and teas, health care products and some of the best cards.
Housed on the second floor of the building is Over The Moon Bakery & Coffee Shop, which is also the Over the Moon Gallery. Here you can peruse wonderful local art and crafts while grabbing lunch, or, if you’re like me, a chocolate chip cookie and a bottle of root beer. (And man, let me tell you, that was some GOOD root beer!)
Something particular caught my eye; something that I knew – just knew – was very special. I was right:
Douglas Alan Terrill is a man living in Ferrum, Va., who creates high quality, hand-crafted, contemporary rocking chairs using hardwoods such as cherry, maple, walnut and oak. Each rocking chair takes over 130 hours to build and is made of over 100 individual pieces of wood. Best yet? If Doug doesn’t have a chair that makes your brain totally turn to butter the minute you sit down, he can make a custom chair for you!
There were two rockers on display at Over the Moon. I sat in the first one, and I was smitten. Then I realized there was another one, marked “Petite.” I caressed the smooth wood, which I think was walnut, and lowered myself into the seat. Oh. My. Goodness. Gracious. Mother. In. Holy. Something.
Doug Terrill created quintessence of proportions and movement in that chair, and if I had thought I had found something to covet in the first rocker, upon sitting in the one sized perfectly for me I fell into a deep, unabashed, hopeless love. It was a fine piece of craftsmanship, offering beauty in form and function.
Some rockers are pitched too far forward, and you have to work really hard to rock back. Others make you feel like you might topple over backwards. But not Doug’s rocker. Once settled into its exquisite curves, this was simply a pleasure to rock. Easy. Effortless. Soothing. Ahhhh.
I’m not sure when I will be able to afford such a luxury as a beautiful piece of furniture that is also gorgeous ART, but Doug, if you’re out there, keep a petite rocker in a dark wood in the inventory for me!