Robert Kernohan

Member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen

Robert Kernohan is accustomed to working with his hands in his previous profession as a surgeon and initially making furniture started as a hobby that developed into a passion. After attending several specialist courses in the West Country and Virginia USA he has completed a succession of varied projects.

Following retirement Robert now devotes the majority of his time to making wooden rocking chairs.

While most rocking chairs are made from hardwoods such as Cherry, Walnut, Oak, White maple and Beech. Occasionally rocking chairs have been made from unusual woods such as Curley Maple, Ziricote and Steamed Pear. One of the early commissions involved a rocking chair made from 40,000 year old Kauri wood imported from New Zealand.

While preferring to specialize in his flagship product – museum quality rocking chairs, Robert occasionally undertakes other commissions working closely with the client to produce a quality piece using traditional joinery techniques and beautifully figured timber.

Guild of Master Craftsmen

Robert Kernohan is a Member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen. (Membership No : A117929)

The Guild of Master Craftsmen supports and promotes excellence. Their rigorous selection procedure ensures the highest standards. To the trade and public alike, the Guild’s emblem and Coat of Arms represent skill, integrity, quality and service – in all, professionalism.

craft&design Selected

Robert Kernohan is a member of “craft&design selected” – an online gallery featuring the work of skilled craftsmen in a broad range of media.

What members have in common is the creativity and skill required to create original, beautiful and desirable items by hand, and in a world where mass produced items are everywhere, these are qualities to be valued.


We would like to thank you for the excellent job which you made of our hall mirror. When we ordered it with only a vague idea of what we wanted we had no idea that it would turn out so well. We especially like the curly maple drawer front and the purpleheart edging.

J & JK, Co. Antrim

Robert has made many doors for me, including curved door and curved frame to match rebated double doors, hand rails and spindles. Also, deep skirting and door architraves have been made to match existing Victorian profiles for my house renovation, which was originally built in 1840. The work was completed quickly and very accurately in solid pitch pine, down to the last detail. I was more than pleased with the work and the workmanship and customer service was excellent.

DMcC, Co. Down

The chair was delivered today, Monday 17th Jan, ie a week early. Fortunately there was someone here to take delivery and I am writing to thank you for all the care and trouble you have taken. Your chair lives up to my expectations and is exactly what I had hoped for.  It is superb.

G, London

The chair exceeded my expectations by a mile, both in looks and comfort and it gets great reactions from people visiting our home. A great combination of fine workmanship, a healthy no-nonsense approach and customer service to die for.

V, London

I would like to thank you for the beautiful rocking chair you designed and made for us. We especially appreciated the trouble you went to in finding the beautiful Kauri wood and importing it all the way from New Zealand. The dedication you have to your profession is evident in every fine detail and the Kauri rocking chair will remain in our family for many years to come, in fact, we see it as a family heirloom. I look forward to further projects in the near future and thank you once again for all the bespoke furniture you have made for us over the last six years. Wishing you and your business every success for the future.

MW, Co. Armagh

Simply breathtaking!- the chair oozes quality-craftmanship at it's best! Truly a work of art. It adds so much style and class to our kitchen. Thanks again, Robert!

NK, Co. Antrim

We would like to thank you for the lovely Rocking Chair you made us. It is the most beautiful piece of art work we have ever seen and we will look after it for generations to come and treasure it for ever.

E and A W, Ajax, Toronto Canada