I just finished this little rocking chair in time for my grand-niece's first birthday.
The original chair was featured in Wood Magazine, back in 1993, and back then I made one - in red oak - that adhered to Wood's plan, which had a plain, flat seat, and the arch, front legs, and the rockers glued up from 4/4 stock.
For this one, I deviated a bit from the plans. I used cherry, and cut the legs (8/4) and rockers (12/4) from solid stock. The back legs/arch, I laminated up from eighteen 3/32" strips. I also added a piece to the lower front of the seat, to thicken it a bit and give it a better appearance, and I contoured the surface of the seat to make it more comfortable.
All in all, it was a fun project. Now we'll see how well it lasts under strenuous 'kid-testing.'
The teddy bear cutout for the chair's back is 5/16" thick, and mortised into the arch at the top and the seat at the bottom. It's free-floating within the mortises.
Thanks for looking.