The Rocking Horse Shop

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Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Rocking Horse Head-Carving Course - May 2011

Five students joined us to this weekend to carve their Rocking Horse heads in our purpose built carving studio, under the watchful eye of master craftsman Anthony Dew.

These courses are aimed at those wishing to make a traditional carved Rocking Horse. Renowned expert Anthony Dew will show you the traditional approach to Rocking Horse carving using hand tools. Previous carving experience in not necessary – all skill levels are accommodated, and each student will successfully complete the carving of a Rocking Horse’s head during the Course!The course fee includes:-

  • Three days individual tuition with master carver Anthony Dew

  • Use of workshop equipment and all carving tools (but you are very welcome to bring your own)

  • Lunch, usually cold meats and salads, as well as refreshments

  • Head & Neck Timber for Medium Size Horse, prepared ready for you to commence carving. (Several ‘alternative’ medium size heads will be offered. You may upgrade to Large at an additional cost of £10.)

    Carve-a-Head courses run 10am till 4pm on the first two days, 10am to 3pm on the final day (but we will start earlier and run later if need be!), with a maximum of 6 students on each course.

    These Carve-a-Head course take place in our purpose built carving studio. We shall look at many aspects of traditional Rocking Horse making including carving techniques, gouge grinding/sharpening, the use of hand carving tools (incl. power carvers) and different makers approaches etc.

    Course Fee: 3 day Carve-a-Head Course - £280.00 per person
    (Price includes VAT- members or Friends of The Guild of Rocking Horse Makers receive a 5% discount)

    Accommodation is not included, but we can recommend several local B & B’s, pubs or hotels, and will send you a list on request. (Please note: The Course does not cover the laminated designs.)

    If you would like to join us on one of our courses go to or give us a call on 01759 368737.
  • Sunday, 22 May 2011

    Chairman's Awards 2011

    The Rocking Horse Shop are delighted to announce that they won this years east Riding of Yorkshire Chairman's Business Award.
    Chairman’s Business Award
    Under 50 Employees’ Category
    Winner: The Rocking Horse Shop Ltd, Fangfoss

    The company was established in 1975 and as well as designing and making rocking horses they also have a visitors’ centre, restore horses and run three-day training courses.

    The Rocking Horse Shop currently employs 10 members of staff, with one employee being the third generation of a family to work at the company.

    Jane Cook of the Rocking Horse Shop believes employee appreciation has been the key to the company’s success and in helping win the award.

    She said: “The Rocking Horse Shop provides a pleasant place to work and we value and appreciate our employees. This award is great recognition for our company and will be cherished by all our staff.”