|Project by SteveW||posted 12-19-2011 05:25 PM||1610 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
Santa spent the weekend before Christmas finishing his latest creation, started earlier this summer, when he did all the hard parts. All that was left was the finishing…
He used a large scrap of black leather, picked up at a local Tandy’s and cut it to fit as the saddle, and a pair of ears. His hair, the mane and tail, were bunches of 14” strands of 7 oz black yarn, and using small fencing staples, hammered in tight…The leather harness was cut and nailed on with black upholstery nails. His name is “Dusty” courtesy of Santa’s wife, and he’s constructed of a combination of Ash, with a spalted white oak body center, along with red and white oak and Ash exterior sides and legs. (Santa wanted to call him Scrappy, but Mrs. Claus wouldn’t have it)
For safety, I added several more slats on the rocker part, so that little feet didn’t fall through, when climbing onto the horse. Santa finished him with two coats of Zinsser’s Amber Shellac…and a final coat of paste wax, and then buffed and polished.
Any-who….He’s sure glad to be done. Merry Christmas to all!
-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW