A friend who had built my home, made several of these rockers and convinced me to build one as well. With a lot of guidance and some excellent Black Walnut from Eastern Nebraska, and some Ash and Hard Maple, and about 190 man-hours of labor…I am now enjoying my rocker. Hal’s plans were marvelous. I am 6’5” so I built a rocker slightly larger than the large version in the plans, but it fits me perfectly and is very comfortable with the Ash inserts in the back-slats that give a massaging sensation to the lower back when you rock. The arm rests are beautifully figured, and I had to salvage the left arm rest with a couple butterfly inserts on the bottom to stop some cracks from forming…I guess the more beautiful the wood, the more fragile it is. This is my most challenging woodworking project. For 30+ years I cobbled rough projects together out of pine and plywood with a few cheap tools. When I started approaching retirement I got serious and acquired a shop-full of new tools and worked for a number of years learning how to use them…or as I say, “making sawdust”. If this were my only hobby, I might be better at it…excuse me now…I’m headed out for a spring creek to do some fly-fishing for trout because there is a winter Midge hatch going on!