Cultural Objects, Furniture

Black Walnut Rocking Chair

Maker/Creator: Rev. Jacob Marshall Tise

Black walnut frame with seat and back woven from hickory splits / splints

  • Height: 41 ¾ inches
  • Width in front: 23 ½ inches
  • Depth: 21 inches
  • Back and seat woven in a herringbone pattern using hickory splits or splints.
  •  Wire wrapped around breaks to left back leg and right rocker, metal plate reinforcing right armrest

It is easy to picture Rev. Tise reading his Bible or preparing one of his Pizarro School lessons while sitting in this low-slung chair with its contoured seat and flat armrests. The use of hickory splits on the chair back and seat (wrapping around the front rail) add to its durability and comfort. The simple design is elevated by turnings on the posts above and below the top rail. 

rocking chair, black walnut, hickory splits, splints
Bio Sketch

The Reverend J. Marshall Tise (1872-1942) served as pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Floyd and St. Marks Lutheran Church in Willis. He and his wife Alice Sheffey Peterman Tise (1888-1969) of Floyd took on leadership roles in the Floyd community. Rev. Tise helped bring electricity to Floyd in the 1920s. Their three daughters Virginia, Marguerite, and Jessie lived well into their nineties and were also active in a number of community organizations. Marguerite Tise was a noted Floyd historian and donated the land for the Jessie Peterman Memorial Branch Library, named for their mother’s sister.