I have been obsessed with Sam Maloof style rockers ever since I first heard about them Two years ago.( I know I’m way behind) Thanks to Scott Shangraw at NY rockers and the build along he did on LJ’s plus some advice from Laron Algren who builds beautiful rockers in Ohio, I decided to give it an attempt. I can’t afford the template’s and instructions from Hal Taylor just yet but believe me I will send for them as soon as I can save the money. His free instrutions from his website were invaluable to me though. I made a lot of boo-boos and whoops on this one which I think those plans would help you avoid. Anyone thinking of building one of these my advice would be get the plans if you can afford them and if not just go for it. I used red oak which I had a lot of and wasn’t ready to commit walnut or other expensive wood yet. I can’t believe how comfy this chair is. It feels like someone is hugging your backside. My daughter, who I already made a rocker for, wants to trade for this one. I never get to sell anything. Well now I have to decide how to finish it, probably golden oak stain and satin poly???