My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #326: I Finished My New Project!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 05-01-2011 02:53 PM 5380 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, yesterday turned out to be a wonderful day on many levels. The weather was nearly perfect. The sun was shining and it was warm enough for a light jacket. I even had the top down on the car when I made a trip to the grocery store. It is amazing how getting outside for a while can do wonders for your mood. Even if it is a short time. I definitely had “spring fever!”

However, there was work to be done and I was also excited about seeing my latest project come to life. I don’t know why, but I really love this project. It is simple and was fun to do and it just looks kind of cool. I hope that others like it too and it will be a good seller. That will encourage me to make more similar items. I am already conjuring up more in my head.

I was happy that I was able to use the oak piece that I bleached earlier in the week. From what I see, there are no remnants of the staining or decay – whatever it was – and it looks just fine. Everything went well in this project, as I had taken the time to think it through before I even touched the wood.

It is a replica of an Antique Horse Pull Toy. I suppose after doing the reindeer for the Holiday issue, I wanted to do something similar that I wouldn’t have to wait on to market. A rocking horse would have been too much like the reindeer for the magazine people’s comfort, so I am saving that one for the autumn when I have the rights to the reindeer released back to me. Instead of a rocker, I though that putting the horse on wheels would be different enough, yet just as interesting as the rocker.

I took pictures of the finished project this morning, and also many pictures of the process. There are several different techniques that are involved in creating this piece, but not one of them is difficult by any means.

The horse is approximately 8” tall and made of oak, as stated. It’s mane and tail are made from jute twine. I used my favorite finish of spray shellac after applying mineral oil and allowing it to soak in a bit overnight:

From SLD349 Antique Horse Pull Toy

I really loved doing the hair. I simply drilled holes along the back before shaping the pieces with the Dremel. I then twisted three doubled over pieces of jute for each hole and glue them into place. I then untwisted the strands and the excess fell out and what was left was this soft, yet course mane. I think it goes with the look of the horse wonderfully:

From SLD249 Antique Horse Pull Toy

The wheels were fun to scroll out. they had a simple design that was something that just about anyone could do. I even made small hub caps that were also scrolled out of 1/4” oak:

From SLD349 Antique Horse Pull Toy

Initially, I was going to have the wheels stationary, glued directly to the horses’ legs, but it was just as easy to glue the dowels to the decorative hubs, so the wheels actually do turn. I choose to scallop the wheels however so that the cutting would be simpler on the scroll saw for the beginners:

From SLD349 Antique Horse Pull Toy

The saddle is made of separate pieces of 1/4” oak that was glued on after I shaped the outer curved edge. I then was able to shape it along with the rest of the horse and it looks pretty cool, I think. I wasn’t sure how it would come out:

From SLD349 Antique Horse Pull Toy

Overall the project requires only the oak, jute and a dowel rod. I wanted to keep it simple. I am debating with myself as to if I want to stain the saddle and the decorative hubs on the wheels red or not. Also, I may drill another hole in his chest to attach a cord with a red wooden ball at the end to make it a true pull toy. What do you think?

As I said, I documented the entire process in pictures. I am also thinking of making a series of short videos showing the processes I used, just to practice.

I talked to MsDebbie yesterday and it appears that I am going to be teaching a follow along class here on Lumberjocks in June. I am really excited about this, as lots of people have asked me to do more videos and stuff. I am thinking about how I want to lay everything out where even those who are new to scrolling, as well as those who have scrolled before will learn something. I would love to see all of you who tell me that their scroll saws are sitting in a corner of their shop dust them off and give some scrolling a try.

Unlike the carving projects, I understand that it will require a different approach to do a scrolling class. I am thinking about that and plan to do a series of short videos throughout the class, as well as step by step pictures so that those with dial up can easily follow along. I have a good idea of what I will be presenting, but I am still working out the details in my head.

My video capabilities are somewhat limited, as I only use my camera, but hopefully I will be able to offer good content and teach some of you some new things. Who knows – it may even get a couple of you addicted to scrolling!

I am happy to report on such a good and productive day. I was also able to take a long walk in the woods. Keith is scoping out the trees looking for burls, as his lathe is due to arrive later this week. Many of the tools have already been delivered and he is very excited about the possibilities that this new aspect of woodworking has to offer him. I am excited too, as hopefully I will pick up a thing or two and give it a try. But for now there are many scrolling designs that I have in mind that I want to make a reality. I feel I am in a good place in my mind and happy and excited about my work.

I hope you all have a great Sunday and enjoy my new project. It was really a fun one to do!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 05-01-2011 03:20 PM

This is very cute and the scalloped wheels will sound like trotting or galloping depending on how fast it is pulled.

You did a great job on this, many grandkids will be thrilled one day!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

P.S. Waiting for the finish coats to dry!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 05-01-2011 03:34 PM

Thats a nice horse. I second Erwin’s comment about the wheels.

That is great news about a Scrolling class. I have the Dewalt but don’t have much experience with it. I will definitely attend/view (?) the class. Thanks. I hope you don’t mind if a hype David’s thread. I know you are voting.

Patron (David) needs all our help. He is trying to get a community playground built in a very poor neighborhood. He needs us to vote for his community. Please check his post here on LumberJocks at Lets help a LumberJock who is always quick to help everyone.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#3 posted 05-01-2011 03:35 PM

Sure Jack! I voted too. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 05-01-2011 03:36 PM

Cute, or should I say KEEEUUUUTTTEEE!! That is adorable.

Could you imagine a full sized horse with those wheels? That would look AWESOME – up until the rider’s spine breaks! Ouch! ;-)

That is a fantastic job on the horse – very good job! I may be making another order from very soon!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#5 posted 05-01-2011 03:46 PM

Yes, Bob! Those bumps could really be killers! (OUCHIE!!!!) Especially on that saddle! LOL

Glad you like it! I am doing the instructions today and they should be up on the site in a couple of days. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 05-01-2011 06:39 PM

way to go Sheila :-) I realy like the rosets as wheels and the way the hair came out
and even though I do it wiith handmucles you can bett I will watch from the sideline :-)
if no one ells will I´m proppebly the one who throw the werd questions that every one ells
know the answers to …lol

have a great day

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#7 posted 05-01-2011 09:42 PM

Cute, although it looks like a lot of work! Thanks for sharing.

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#8 posted 05-01-2011 11:38 PM

Brilliant sheila, i love it and will be buying this pattern when available.

Just as an aside sheila, did you try the wheels the other way round, like big at the back?

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#9 posted 07-17-2011 06:26 AM

Awesome work, thanks for the pics!

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#10 posted 07-17-2011 02:20 PM

I am happy you like it, and again thank you for your nice comments! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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