Building A Rocking Horse

This video shows a compilation of images taken during the building of a Rocking Horse for our granddaughter Brooklyn. It was constructed between April and December 2018 although not all that time was spent making it and there are no specific photos of the making of the stand.
The original plans for the medium size "Rocky" rocking horse came from The Rocking Horse Shop (www.rockinghorse.co.uk) based in Fangfoss, York in the UK. The plans are great and, as in the case of Brooklyn's horse, can be made from any timbers you might prefer. The Rocking Horse Shop samples are made from russian birch plywood laminations and look teriffic.
My wife and I agreed to make an heirloom quality rocking horse that could be handed down to future generations in the family and so we spend quite some time and several trips to Sydney timber yards looking for timbers that we thought would look appropriate. American Black Walnut and European Beech compliment each other nicely in texture, figure and colour so they were the timbers upon which we decided. I purchased all the milled timbers from Trend Timbers in Mulgrave, Sydney.
After looking at several local options for rocking horse hardware, the hair and all of the tack that would be needed to finish the horse and stand, we opted to purchase everything from The Rockinghorse Shop in the UK and import it all to Australia. Not a light decision by any means but the excellent quality of the hardware they sell convinced us that we should buy all the tack from them as well. This included the saddle, bridle, bit, stirrups, reins, martingale, girth and crupper. And all the tack is removeable from the horse so the kids can play with the horse as much as they want to.
I can't speak highly enough of the staff at The Rocking Horse Shop as they went out of their way to answer my questions on tack options and made the swing irons to my horse's particular dimensions.
I am not a wood turner so I had a local woodworking club member turn the Australian Silky Oak posts to my plans. I hadn't carved wood previous to this so a few new tools were purchased to help in the build and I particularly liked the Arbortech grinder attachments available from that company here in Australia.
Building the horse and stand was simultaneously exciting and frightening given I had no previous experience carving wood and the cost of the materials involved.
But I think it turned out OK in the end and I'd love to make another one.
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