Report First Rocking Chair in Project Journals Posted April 21, 2011 I was thinking more of the arms. Rather than a flat plane, to slightly curved them so your arms rest more easily on them. This is just one example from Andy Chidwick's site. http://www.chidwickc...ballchair3.html I'm more drawn to contemporary, so mine would probably be more "delicate" looking than Andy's. Delicate, yep, I think that is what may be lacking. I probably should have thinned things down a bit, maybe a little more definition on the seat and arms? I think I would thin down/ flatten the back slats more if I do another. Honestly I over built it so it would stand up under toddler abuse and the design suffered for it. I just remember my Mother and I being in a constant state of cringe when the bebes were in the same place..oh how we did laugh. It doesn't show up in my pics but the arms really are like the Chidwick arms, well sort of. They are "scooped" where your forearm would rest but are way more blended to each edge and have a slight hump where your palm would rest. They are canted down and inwards towards the seat also..but you really can't tell from the pics. I'm going to take a look at the Sutherland Wells tung oil, hadn't heard of it before. About the Elm, did you find it was dense, as in having to sharpen your blades more than normal? It works really well and took the finish like a dream. I had never worked with Elm before so I don't know if I got lucky or it's all like that. I have several more around but don't want to take them down unless the blight gets them, or I should say until the blight gets them.