As promised, here is my VERY rough sketch of what I envision the chair ending up looking like.
I essentially took an image I found online of a maple rocker, and colored it to my liking. Dark represents walnut, light represents spalted maple.
As you can see most of the chair is walnut. Rockers are laminated walnut/maple. Headrest has a center maple section, flanked by walnut. It’s tough to see, but the joints at the seat will have a detail of maple. I’m also thinking of making the dowels out of maple to help tie in the second color a bit more. The back uprights extend past the headrest, and I’m thinking of curving them ever-so-slightly backward.
The most unique color feature of this chair will be the seat. I really like the dual-toned seat that Paulfromaction (sp?) showed me from his website. However, I don’t want to merely copy someone else’s work, but build on it (no pun intended!). The top and bottom pieces will be 0.25” walnut. The center will be mostly maple, but on the back edge, and sides, it will be ringed with a 0.5” wide piece of walnut. Before laminating, this center piece of wood will look like maple framed in walnut, but missing the front edge of the frame. The effect when complete will be a seat pan that from all angles appears to have the maple completely encased in walnut. I’m pretty excited about this feature, and think it will look nice. It will also, in my opinion, clean up the appearance of the Maloof joint between the legs and the seat allowing the thin strip of maple detail at this joint to really pop.
As always, the comments and advice is welcome!
-- Ryan -- Maple Grove, MN