Wow. Only five years in and doing work like that. You have the gift.
Nice rocker! I build similar ones although I've eliminated the flanged connections on the legs to make it simpler. I like the look with or without the flanges. I think I know why you've made the crest rail with short grain, so that the movement will be sympathetic with the seat? I prefer the grain to run the other way and I think the seat is far enough away that if the seat moves it really won't stress the crest rail joints very much. These are mostly just personal preferences. I gave up trying to produce museum quality chairs and have opted for a more utilitarian design to get the price where more can afford them.
I made my first rocking chair for my daughter back in the early 1980's after taking a two day seminar on chair building taught by someone I hadn't heard of at that time by the name of Sam Maloof.
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