Out To Pasture

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Project by Dan Lyke posted 04-06-2007 12:46 AM 2232 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A rocking horse I’ve built for my nephew. Learned a lot, and, in hindsight, the mane pattern… well… uh… resembles mine.

This weekend we drive up to Portland, Oregon to deliver it. Going to have to disassemble it a bit, when I packed it in the car to take it to this meadow for pictures I had the head hanging out the window like a dog.

More in my Lumberjocks: My First Rocking Horse series and over in my own journal pages.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#1 posted 04-06-2007 01:17 AM

Again, MAGNIFICENT pictures!!

and where is the pix of him “on route” to the pasture???? !!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 04-06-2007 01:34 AM

Grin. Maybe I’ll have to reload it in the car before I disassemble it so that both of us and road trip materials can fit in the car. The pasture’s just down the road, near the Spirit Rock meditation center, and I thought about moving a few fences over and getting some horses (rather than cattle) in the background, but I felt that including the rock itself in the pictures gave too much of a sense of place to them, whereas this could be most any valley in Northern California (in April, the one month we get both green grass and blue skies…).

It occurs to me that I’m going to have to find a similar location near Portland for pictures of the nephew on it. That is if he’s got enough balance yet to stay on it, as I’m probably going to have to come up with stirrups or such ‘til he grows into fitting it.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#3 posted 04-06-2007 01:38 AM

What a stud!

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#4 posted 04-06-2007 05:29 AM

The horse looks right at home in the pasture. Very nice job.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 04-06-2007 05:58 AM

Your nephew should really enjoy such a nice rocking horse. Nice job…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#6 posted 04-06-2007 06:31 AM

Very nice pony and wonderful presentation. I like the mane and it should provide a great ‘handle’ as your nephew rides the wind.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#7 posted 04-10-2007 03:02 PM

Cute little horsey. Did a good job. The nephew ought to love it. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 04-16-2007 02:11 AM

Here horsey, horsey. Wow, this is great stuff. Almost too pretty to let a kid sit on, but that is just who they are made for! And this will last his lifetime and then he wil be able to hand it off to his own. Great job.

This boy will remember his best Uncle after this!

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

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#9 posted 04-16-2007 06:39 PM

Picture of the wee lad riding coming soon, but I wanted to comment on “Almost too pretty to let a kid sit on…”.

Yeah, but thinking back to the gifts I really appreciated from my childhood, my grandfather built me some awesome stuff (including a cool little rowboat that I used to row around the pond behind our house), and I hope that he understood that things lasted several years and then died because they got used to pieces.

So the best thing I can hope for this piece is that it gets used to pieces, and if that means that at some point he repurposes it with wheels and rides it down hills or whatever, then I’ll be super happy with that. There’ll be other things to hang on the wall and treat with kid gloves, and while I’m happy to spend the time to make this look nice, my main hope is that, 40 years from now, he remembers that horse fondly. Whether or not it’s still standing.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#10 posted 04-16-2007 06:42 PM

I am laughing at the pix of wheels and it scooting down hills. For some reason I see you ENCOURAGING him to do just that!!! ;)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 12-29-2007 06:10 PM

Dan! A worthy steed!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#12 posted 12-29-2007 06:11 PM

We’re gonna need a corral soon. Nice horse.

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