The Rocking Horse Shop

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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Tony really rocks in his line of work

Tony really rocks in his line of work - see our article in the York Press

Fangfest Festival of Practical Arts 3rd & 4th September

Fangfest Festival of Practical Arts 3rd & 4th September
A celebration of Traditional Crafts
9am to 4pm both days
FREE Entry, FREE Parking

The final preparations are underway for this years Fangfest. 
Fangfest returns this weekend with an even bigger line up than ever, offering a fun filled day out for all the family.
The group behind this great event try to offer something for everyone.  From talks and demonstrations by professional craftsmen, to a flower festival in the church and free children’s activities such as painting pots, craft work and a whole range of other activities to keep the very young to the very old interested.
“We are very excited about Fangfest this year, especially as Tony Dew is attempting to make the worlds largest wooden hand carved rocking horse.  We have made a big one before but this is even bigger and  we plan to take it to Worldskills London 2011 in October.” Says Jane Cook, from The Rocking Horse Shop “ When finished our horse will be 5.3m high and 6.5m long!, we want everyone to come along and have a look”.
For those looking for  unusual gifts the craft marquee holds 20 different stalls of wonderful handmade items including hand turned pens, jewellery, dolls clothes, stained glass gifts, jams & preserves, watercolour greeting cards, corn dollies, traditional wooden toys and many more.  
Children’s author Tony Fraise will be reading his stories to the children and visitors can take a pony & trap ride around the village, have a go at a potters wheel, try their hand at clay shooting and archery, join in the fun of the fair, listen to live music at the pub and enjoy the facilities at the award winning Jubilee Park.
The vintage car rally expends every year and this year is no exception. Chris White organiser of the car show says “   It's fabulous so see  all the regular cars every year and we openly invite anyone with a classic car or motor bike to bring it along to the show. So many magnificent classic vehicles are hidden away in this area, it would be lovely to see them over the Fangfest weekend. No need to book just come along.”
Fangfest also helps many charitable organisations including Macmillan, NSPCC & St Leonards Hospice as well as providing a great weekend of entertainment.
Entry and parking is FREE so come and join in the fun, a great day out for all the family. To find out more go to their website or call Jane on 01759 368737.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Friday, 19 August 2011

New DVD - Making Rocking Horses 2

Our new DVD has been released.

The new film covers all stages of making our laminated plywood horse designs for the very popular ‘Little Rocky’ chair horse for toddlers, and the Medium Sized ‘Rocky’, (as well as the new ‘Large Rocky’). The laminated form of construction is simpler to assemble and carve than traditional horses, much cheaper, very strong, and of course can be painted if you don’t care for  the remarkable swirling pattern of the laminations.
The film runs 66 minutes, plus 17 minutes of additional material with extra features including  How to sharpen carving gouges, and the story of the World’s oldest rocking horse.

Barry King from  Southport was one of the first to receive a copy of the new DVD. He says,
‘it’s really superb. You have all taken the trouble not only to show “how” but also many details and wrinkles that give confidence to tackle a new project. Your enthusiasm and obvious pleasure in creating such a joyous item is infectious. I can’t wait to complete “Boadicea” as she will be known.’

If you would like to buy the new DVD, please click here

Monday, 8 August 2011

Students Carve A Rocking Horse Head on our July carving course.

Six students joined us at The Rocking Shop in our purpose built carving studio in Yorkshire to carve their Rocking Horse Heads.

If you would like to join us on one of our courses just click here to see the dates of future courses.  We would love to see you.