|Project by bigbuddha||posted 12-27-2009 12:22 AM||1714 views||1 time favorited||2 comments|
I wanted to make a riding horse stick for my friend’s daughter for Christmas but my friend requested an alpaca instead (because their family has an alpaca farm). So I scoured the internet for alpaca pictures and this is what I came up with. It was brewing in my head for a month or so before I started working on the parts. Also kinda a first in using a lot more hand tools compared to previous projects. Chopped out the 2 3/4” mortise by hand and tried draw boring on the tenon. Practiced using the hand plane on the head surfaces as well.
This was a relatively quick and fun project after deciding on how to build it and made out of scraps in the shop. The head is mahogany, the stick is ash, the handle/eyes/wheels are walnut. They eyes are 3/4” dowels chamfered and rounded over.
I didn’t know how the hair would look since I’ve never done this before, but next time I make one, I would drill a few less holes near the base of the head (you can see it looks kinda chunky at the bottom). I got some wool/chunky yarn from the craft store, wrapped about 12 times around 4” cardboard, and then tied the top part up with another piece of yarn. Then it was cut off and the tied part was twisted by hand right before I pushed it into the holes (just yellow glue). Had to use a dowel to push the yarn to the bottom. The ears are made out of vinyl remnants from the craft store and held into the head with glued axle pegs.
This was finished with three coats of Tried and True Varnish oil. I dropped it off and the little one played with it immediately so I guess it was a happy customer :).