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Project by Milton Toal posted 07-08-2015 06:03 AM 989 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in some action after helping my wife through cancer and a knee replacement so completed my second full-size rocking horse but painted for the children this time rather than the adults and they love it. Palomino is next and well under way and a fully carved – first of two planned – carousel horse is next after that. Also well under way, you will love this one when it comes out of the stable in the next month or so..

-- Milton Toal, Doncaster, Melbourne Australia.





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#1 posted 07-08-2015 08:10 AM

Awesome job.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 07-08-2015 08:23 AM

That is absolutely beautiful, Congratulations and I can’t wait to see the next ones.
Thanks for sharing.

Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 07-08-2015 12:59 PM

beautiful work

-- Joe, Ga

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#4 posted 07-08-2015 05:49 PM

This is wonderful!

I’d like to know more about it. Wondering if you posted a YouTube video on this build?

I’ve got some carosel and rocking horse books. My carving skills are nill. LOL! Have a picture of my horse in mind. Life may keep in there for awhile. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Milton Toal

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#5 posted 07-09-2015 01:19 AM

Thanks everyone. These are such joy to build. Wait until you see the first carousel horse with all the tack carved in relief in the wood. Tom, if you can see the horse in your mind you have what I think is the most essential component of building a horse. I don’t actually “carve” most of the horse, i.e. with gouges and chisels (not so with the carousel horse. There it is nearly all gouges and chisels). I use an angle grinder with sanding discs from 40 grit to 240 grit for a lot of the wood removal, e.g.rounding off the butt after rough sawing and detail sanders for most work after that. I can do this fairly easily because I can see the result I am looking for in my mind. A power file using the tip very carefully (not good engineering but very useful) can bring the joints between e.g. legs and leg muscles, neck and neck muscles to almost the final finish and a detail sander does the rest. You need good dust extraction as the dust gets an electrical charge and sticks to everywhere, even the ceiling.The heads are cut to profile on the band saw.

It will take me a while but I will do a video for sharing. I have taken progressive photos and can start a video from where I am at with the next horse and supplement it with the stills. Best timber to work with is Jelutong and I will show the materials needed for those who want to copy what I do.

-- Milton Toal, Doncaster, Melbourne Australia.

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#6 posted 07-09-2015 01:43 AM

Photos and a narritive would work? Any developed techniques could be videoed?

Thanks!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 07-09-2015 01:56 AM

OK. I will put the photos together in a sensible fashion over the next few days and post them with a narrative. I will try to remember the little “tricks” that make it easier. I think I wrote them all down in my working book. Really look forward to seeing your first horse.

-- Milton Toal, Doncaster, Melbourne Australia.

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#8 posted 07-09-2015 02:52 AM

Milton,

That will be the day! LOL!

Thanks!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 07-09-2015 04:31 AM

Milton, that’s fabulous!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 07-09-2015 02:46 PM

Milton, this rocking horse is wonderful. I love it and I can’t imagine how much the kids love it also.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 07-09-2015 10:44 PM

I don’t impress easily….....but now I am..beautiful.

-- Sheetzy

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