Rocking Horse

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Project by nat42 posted 03-31-2008 10:57 AM 1461 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love to make toys for kids so i decided to make a rocking horse to give away. When I it was complete my wife thought she was the kid and the rocker is still in our lounge. Now when families come to visit the kids use the rocker.

We have a nursery school at our church and the head of the school saw the rocker and asked me to make one for the school. So I made two. They were made from pine, clear varnish non toxic finish.

From that I had so many request i decided to charge, hoping the orders would fall away, from the 4 i was asked to make I have now made 16.

I so enjoyed the projet that I decided to make a hand carve rocker.

It took me about 10 months to do I worked weekends I made all the leather and metal attachment except the stirups.

-- Nathan South Afirica

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#1 posted 03-31-2008 11:54 AM


You have a nice herd of horses there. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 03-31-2008 12:17 PM

Hi Nathan

Great looking white horse. Could you give us a little more info on how the horse is made and is this a kit or your own design. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 03-31-2008 01:05 PM

Nat, These horses are outstanding. I’m not sure you can call these toys. They are very nice. I have seen similar horses when I lived in Chicago IL. They were really expensive but I don’t think they looked this good. I for one would like to hear a little more about how you approached carving the horse. What sort of hardware requirements were there for this project? Use a Pattern? Can you give us some constructions tips?
I bet these guys will generate a lot of interest from other LJ’s. Thanks for the post.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#4 posted 03-31-2008 02:54 PM

Hi Nathan
Those horses are awsome. A great job on all the attachments also

-- Larry

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#5 posted 03-31-2008 11:28 PM

Great job Nathan. you will need a few more acres for the horses the way you are going.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 03-31-2008 11:47 PM

Very cool! Glider horses.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 04-01-2008 08:44 PM

Wow, just a great job, Nathan! Did you make one for yourself?

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#8 posted 04-02-2008 02:42 PM

Thanks for Guys

Roz I must say thatonly after I saw your heard I thought of posting my horses
I worked from a plan which I gor from a book called “The Rocking Horse Maker” Both plans came from the same book I change the small one slighty.
as to construction: The body was built up to form a box in three sections which I glued and doweled

Before glueing the body together I attached the head to the top piece (which helps) and the legs to the bottom.

The head: I band sawed the shape and then attached to the neck and then glued neck muscles to both sides on the face I added eye and cheek. I then carved using gouges different sizes a drawknife and spokeshave. i then attached the head to top body I glued doweled and screwed.

The legs: again band sawed shape and attached to bottom body glued musle blocks and then carved and then glued all together.

I must say that the carving of the head was not as hard as I tought it would be I had never carved before.But I battled with the rump it just would not take shape I then turned to my angle grinder with a sanding disk. worked great. The finis was sealer and and white paint by hand.The mane and tail inone of those lady wigs .

Now a question sold this horse for R7 000.00 (South African money Rand) approx. $1 200.00 is that expensive? The small go for +- $120.00 depending on the wood used.

-- Nathan South Afirica

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#9 posted 04-02-2008 09:27 PM

These are really nice. Good workmanship.

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