After more than one year of anticipation and two years total build time, the BIG rocking chair was completely installed in Casey, IL directly across the street from the World’s Largest Wind Chime.
Jim Bolin, Vice-President of Bolin Enterprises, Inc. built the big rocking chair using western red cedar wood, 20” and 7” pipes and a steel skeleton added to the solid wood base. The total weight of the chair is 46,200lbs. The total height of the piece is 56’ 6” tall. From the left outside of the rocker to the right outside of the rocker is 32’ in width in the front and 23’ width in the back.
It is hopeful that Casey’s chair will be taking over the existing World’s largest rocking chair record in October 2015. The existing record holder’s chair measures 42’ 1” tall and 20’ 3”wide. It belongs to Dan Sanzaro and was presented and measured in Cuba, Missouri, USA, on September 4, 2008.
The chair is an actual replica of an existing rocking chair that will be on display. The chair does rock, but do to safety reasons, visitors will only be able to look at the chair. A dove is engraved on the top of the seat, representing a signal of hope as referenced in the story of Noah. According to Jim, this was the most challenging BIG project to date, due to the angles and curves that were needed to be made out of wood.
In keeping with the tradition of attaching a scripture to the large items, the following verse, John 16:33, can be found in front of the rocking chair, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
“I am excited that the rocking chair is completed and at the same time sad that we are taking away an existing record, Jim Bolin explained. “I hope that folks will want to come to both Casey, IL and Cuba, MO on the National Road to see both of the chairs.”
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