Richard, the furniture maker says - It's complicated and labor intensive to come up with a usable wood pattern like this. I undertook it to come up with something different. Like a painter looking for some new colors.
I liked how it turned out and it's been well received by those who've seen it. It's also one of the more comfortable rockers I've built due to the soft back I put in it. The back slats give a little when you rock. It seems like the springy action would be healthy for one's back by stimulating circulation. I've broken my back a couple of times and have aches and pains associated with that, which finds the soft back very welcoming.