Sam Maloof was the designer and maker of a famous rocking chair. He inspired woodworkers to higher levels of artistry and educated a large portion of the public to why it was important. He was generous. His brilliance cast a bright light. We are grateful for the illumination.
But it makes a hard shadow to get out from under.
The Maloof Rocker has become an icon. It is still made in Sam's shop. It has been widely copied (often poorly and stiffly), with versions for sale on many websites and craft fairs.
I don't like Maloof Rockers much. Granted they have vigor and coherence, but they look like something Darth Vador would sit in. I find a tortured Gothic affectation in some of the details, particularly in the copies.
For construction, there are too many butt joints held by screws.
The Weeks Rocker is as original as the design of anything with generations of iterations can be. The chairs don't particularly look alike, but we still get asked.
Our patrons who have access to both tell us which they prefer to sit in.