|Project by KiltedCarpenter||posted 05-08-2012 04:28 PM||862 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
This is a project straight from my heart. I made this for my 2year old granddaughter for Christmas last year. The body is made from 10/4 mahogany and the rockers are hard maple. I carved the saddle from a block of butternut and inlaid the bridle which is kentucky coffeetree. I used Jatoba (brazillian cherry) for the mane & tail appliqué and I have to tell you,that stuff is hard. And finally the eyes… I cut a 1/8” thick oval/ellipse out of holly and drilled a hole off-center into which I glued a 3/16” thick circle of Curupay. Then I drilled an off-center hole in that and glued in a 1/4” thick circle of ebony. And finally, to complete the eyes, I rounded it all over to blend the various shapes and heights. I think they turned out really good. I finished it with my own version of the classic wax/oil/turpentine blend only I used a beeswax/carnuba wax blend and I used oderless mineral spirits instead of turpentine.
Once it was all built, I had to make braces to support the legs and then ship the horse and rockers separately out to Colorado (I could have bought it a seat on the plane for what the shipping cost) where our son & his family live. Once there, with help from the LOML an my daughter-in-law, we braided in the mane & tail then wrapped it up so it was all ready for Christmas.
The last photo shows my granddaughter just as she first hopped on. She named her Sally and loves to ride away while listening to Yankee Doodle Dandy (don’t ask me… It’s what struck her fancy).
-- "I've cut the dang thing three times and it's STILL too darn short" - Name withheld to protect the guilty