Carving "Chinook"

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Project by CalgaryBill posted 07-06-2008 10:57 PM 1822 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After having the 8/4 butternut in my stock for several years, I finally working up the courage to try my first attempt at carving. The result is “Chinook,” a traditional English Rocking Horse on a swing stand made of ash. I used the bandsaw, mallet and chisels, drawknife, microplanes and lots of sandpaper. The tack and real horsehair for the mane and tail were purchased from Gord’s Wood Crafts in Ontario. My four grandsons enjoy riding Chinook whenever they come to visit.


-- Calgary Bill

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#1 posted 07-06-2008 11:02 PM

Bill, thats a beaut carving job. I guess getting the outline perfect is tricky but the shaping & rounding would be a real challenge.

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

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#2 posted 07-06-2008 11:13 PM

Bill, that will be passed down through several generations. Wonderful job!

-- Lloyd, Portland, OR.,

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Callum Kendall

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#3 posted 07-06-2008 11:18 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#4 posted 07-06-2008 11:40 PM

Bill – great timing with the post – Calgary ought to have lots of young cowboys around who would love to ride Chinook

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#5 posted 07-07-2008 12:05 AM

Hi Bill

Exquisite detail and design. A beautiful heirloom to pass on. You did an outstanding job on this piece. Thanks for posting.

God bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 07-07-2008 12:16 AM

Simply amazing. This horse will create wonderful memories for many generations. Great job and thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 07-07-2008 02:29 AM

Beautiful, out standing job.
Wished I`d had one of those when i was a child, instead of that stick horse,
Funny thing about a stick horse, no matter how far you ride you still feel like you walked all the way.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#8 posted 07-07-2008 03:50 AM

Man, that is one heck of a rocking horse. Fantastic job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 07-07-2008 08:46 PM


How did you get the horse to lie still?

This is the nicest looking rocking horse I’ve seen.

Extremely well done.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 07-08-2008 06:02 AM

. . . and I thought my husband’s horse was great. His “doesn’t quite make it” in comparison. He said he’ll have to try again when we have great-grandkids. We love your horse.

Is it solid? Or is his “belly” hollow? The real horsehair and saddle were a terrific finishing touch. What an heirloom!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#11 posted 07-08-2008 12:30 PM

this is absolutely gorgeous!!!
did you say ”first carving job”?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 10-18-2009 08:40 PM

Wow! Great Job. Did you use any type of plans?

-- Guy,PEI

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#13 posted 10-18-2009 10:20 PM

Guy, I used the drawings of Anthony Dew from the Rocking Horse Shop in England.

-- Calgary Bill

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#14 posted 10-18-2009 10:21 PM

Calgary Bill – I am so glad this got put back on the pulse page. I almost lost my breath when I saw it. I can’t believe this is your first.

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#15 posted 10-19-2009 05:39 AM

wonderful work i really like this rocking horse.

-- Custom furniture

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