The Rocking Horse Shop

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Thursday, 20 December 2012

Christmas Opening Times

Merry Christmas from everyone at The Rocking Horse Shop, our opening times over the Christmas & New Year period are as follows:-

Fri 21st December close at 12 noon
Sat 22nd December open 9am - 4pm
Sun 23rd December - Fri 28th December - Closed
Sat 29th December open 9am to 4pm
Sun 31st December to 1st January 2013 - Closed
2nd January 2013 open as usual.

Please remeber you can still order on line and your orders will be processed and dispatched after the 2nd January 2013.

Monday, 3 December 2012

November Rocking Horse Head Carving Course

Students with their completed Rocking Horse Heads

Seven students joined us last week to carve their Rocking Horse Heads.  Under the guidence of master carver Anthony Dew they all produced wonderful Rocking Horse Heads.  They are now all on their way home with Heads and timber to complete their Rocking Horses.

If you would like to come on one of our courses, please go to to see the dates available or give us a call on 01759 368737.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

New Mini Rocky Launched

The Rocking Horse Shop are pleased to add the Mini Rocky to their range. 

Designed to be ridden by dolls or teddy bears, these superb half scale models are a great introduction to the laminated method of rocking horse making. Assembled, carved and finished in much the same manner as the Medium size version (Plan 129), these little beauties are fascinating projects to make & will be admired as delightful decorative artifacts. The Plan includes full size drawings & instructions for making both stand & bow rocker mounted versions of the rocking horse.

Special Offers

both timber packs include full instructions
*Special Offer ends 31st December 2012

Mini Rocky on Bows Rocking Horse Timber Pack

The timber pack (inc bows)  contains all parts of both the horse and bow rockers, precision machined from 3/8" (9mm) quality birch plywood, with all location dowel holes pre-drilled. Includes location dowel and rocker end piece.

Mini Rocky on Safety Stand  Rocking Horse Timber Pack
The timber pack (inc stand) including instruction booklet. Contains all parts of both the horse and bow rockers, precision machined from 3/8" (9mm) quality birch plywood, with all location dowel holes pre-drilled, including location dowel.  All stand parts and ready turned posts in Ash. Includes step-by-step fully illustrated instruction booklet. 

Click on the special offers above and you will be taken to more information on our website.

Friday, 21 September 2012

The European Woodworking Show

2012 European Woodworking Show
at Cressing Temple Barns, Essex

Saturday 22nd September 10am-5pm
Sunday 23rd September 10am-4pm

Why not come and see Jane & Karl this weekend at The European Woodworking Show, this is its 4th year and growing with quality every year. The European Woodworking Show is fast becoming the most interesting woodworking weekend in the UK. With top class demonstrators from the UK & overseas across a breadth of woodworking disciplines and crafts.

Expect to see wheelwrighting to woodturning, different forms of carving to chairmaking, basketmaking to bodging, sharpening to pyrography, boatbuilding to furniture making & much more.
We would love to see you if you get a chance to visit.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Fangfest Festival of Practical Arts 2012

Fangfest Festival of Practical Arts 2012

We had an absolutely fantastic Fangfest this year, with numbers of visitors higher than ever.  Everyone was delighted to see Bigger Bertie standing proud in The Rocking Horse Shop yard. 

We had chain saw carvers demonstrating their skills.

Traditional fun fair rides for the children and lots of activities for them to get involved in.

A wonderful selection of classic cars, trucks and even miniature Lorry's.

The children could have their face painted and even make their own hobby horses.

Graham & Sue Harker demonstrated Rocking Horse Making & Wood Turning.

The marquee was overflowing with craft people demonstrating their traditional crafts.  We had spinning, weaving, wood turning, Yorkshire button making and all sorts of wonderful crafts that we hardly see anymore.  It really was a truly British day out.  If you want to see more pictures please see our facebook page.

Friday, 17 August 2012

'Bigger Bertie' will be unveiled at this years Fangfest 2012

'Bigger Bertie' will be unveiled at this years Fangfest 2012

Dawn from The Rocking Horse Shop Riding Bigger Bertie,
holding one of the Official Olympic Torches!
Go Yorkshire!

The worlds largest hand carved, working Rocking Horse will be on display for the first time at this years Fangfest Festival of Practical Arts on 1st & 2nd Sept.

The craftsmen at East Yorkshire firm The Rocking Horse Shop have been working hard to get the huge Rocking Horse finished for Fangfest on 1st & 2nd Sept. The horse was started last October when The Rocking Horse Shop was selected to inspire an international audience to ‘Have a Go’ at a new skill at WorldSkills, London 2011. They provided a ‘hands on’ opportunity for young people, at the world’s greatest skills competition, to try out a new skill, Rocking Horse Carving.

Tony Dew, Director and designer of the huge rocking horse said “I have been involved with rocking horses for over 35 years , but this, at 8.6 metres long by 4.65 metres high by 1.7 metres wide (28'3” long x 15' 3” high x 5'8” wide) is the biggest we’ve undertaken. It is considerably larger than life size and as far as we know is the largest hand carved, working rocking horse in the world. “

We are very excited to unveil Bigger Bertie at Fangfest for everyone to see. This is our 14th annual Fangfest and we started the event to promote British Craftsmanship and this year with the Olympics and our athletes pushing themselves to achieve so much, we thought it was a great opportunity for us to push our skills and make something extra special.” says Jane Cook, Managing Director .

Local business man Sean Smith from Detectamet Ltd, who bought an Olympic torch in a charity auction said “ This years Olympics has really shown what is good about Britain and when you see this fantastic Rocking Horse and the wonderful Rocking Horses The Rocking Horse Shop make you will see that Britain not only produces fantastic athletes we still have traditional craftsmen working hard to produce wonderful British products. “

The Rocking Horse Shop will have the Olympic Torch on display at Fangfest and visitors will be able to have their photo taken holding the torch.

The horse and rockers are constructed from laminated marine plywood with a varnished finish and the horse has been entirely hand carved and finished at The Rocking Horse Shop.

Many of the horse’s features have been ‘borrowed’ from Bertie, a real live horse who lives at The Rocking Horse Shop, and consequently it is affectionately referred to as ‘Bigger Bertie’.”

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Tony, Sam & Karl start to get Bigger Bertie getting ready for Fangfest

Inbetween showers yesterday Tony, Sam & Karl rolled Bigger Bertie off his trailer so that they can finish  him for Fangfest Festival of Practical Art on the 1st & 2nd September.
Bigger Bertie Rolling off his trailer.
Tony worked out a great way to get him off the trailer and he was soon steady and down on the ground, Tony and Karl then put the scafolding up so that work could get started.

Tony and Karl building up the scafolding.

This morning Sam started to glue more pieces of Plywood on to Bertie so that he can start carving the body.

Sam adding more layers of wood to Bigger Bertie
Bigger Bertie really is huge, he is 16ft tall and 24ft long and we hope to have him finished for this years Fangfest Festival of Practical Arts on the 1st & 2nd September.  Its a great day out for all the family, entry and parking are free so why not take a day out to come and see Bigger Bertie and enjoy all the activites of the day.   Also check out our Fangfest Facebook page to keep up to date with what is going on.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Carve A Rocking Horse Head Course in June

This months carving course went very well and all our students carved beautiful Rocking Horse heads.

Students with their Rocking Horse Heads.

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!

Friday, 15 June 2012

Guild of Rocking Horse Makers Open Afternoon

Last Saturday we where delighted to welcome some of our Guild Members to an open afternoon at The Rocking Horse Shop. 

We demonstrated lots of differnt aspects of Rocking Horse making including carving, gessoing, painting, tacking up and Rocking Horse renovations.

Julie tacking up a medium Rocky Rocking Horse

Gerry discussing the restoration of an old Collinsons Rocking Horse

Sam demonstrating Gessoing and letting members have a go
 Bigger Bertie was alo in the yard for every one to see.  He is the largest hand carving Rocking Horse in the world and he will be finished for everyone to see at Fangfest.

Bigger Bertie Rocking Horse being admired, he is 24ft long and 16ft high

We also encouraged our Guild Members to have a go at carving Bigger Bertie, here you can see  them carving part of the tail and belly.

We also asked our members to bring along some photos of the Rocking Horses they had made, you can see the board got very full.

Pictures being added to the Guild Members Wall of Fame!

The response from the guild members was fantastic, many of them emailed us this week to thank us for a great event.  We will definately be making this an annual event.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Meet the Rocking Horse Shop Team

Yesterday was such a lovely day, so we thought it was a great opportunity to take some photos of the team at the Rocking Horse Shop.
The Rocking Horse Shop Team
Back row left to right: Barbara, Claire, Shelia, Dawn, Gerry & Karl
Front row left to right: Jane, Julie & Sam

The Rocking Horse Shop Team with Bigger Bertie
Bigger Bertie has now had his winter covers taken off and we are getting him ready for Fangfest, please feel free to visit The Rocking Horse Shop and watch the progress.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Carve A Rocking Horse Head Course April 2012

Just had a great 3 days with 4 students who joined us to carve their Rocking Horse head.  Three of the students where new to carving and as you can see they have all made a very good job and are now looking forward to getting started on the rest of the horse.

The students carve their heads in our purpose built studios at The Rocking Horse Shop .

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 Horses head during the Course!

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Live Chat Button

We have just launched Live Chat.  This means, if you are on our website between 9am and 5pm and you have a question about our products, you can click on the Live Chat button at the top right hand side of our website and we will be able to answer your questions online.

Give it a go, we are waiting to answer your questions.

Friday, 20 April 2012

F H Ayres Rocking Horse Restoration at the Rocking Horse Shop

F H Ayres Rocking Horse ready for restoration.

F H Ayres Rocking Horse without a jaw, chin and only stumps for ears.
This F H Aryes Rocking Horse arrived with us 3 months ago, in a very sad state and it's owners wanted to see him put back to his original beauty.
Gerry stripped the horse down to the wood, Sam attached and hand carved a new jaw and chin and two new ears, added numerous coats of gesso and painted him.  Julie made and attached all the new tack including the lovely prommels which he would have originally had but had long been lost.  Gerry removed all the green paint of the stand and Sam stained and varnished it.
He is now complete and ready for delivery back to his owners ready for many more years of rocking.
F H Ayres Rocking Horse all ready to ride again.

Beautiful Saddle and bridle with pommels.

F h Ayres Rocking Horse with new hand carved jaw, chin and ears.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Ian Darroch makes a Rocking Zebra

I first met Ian at the North of England Woodworking show in November and he said he wanted to make a Rocking Zebra.

Ian bought the plans and timber at the show and we delivered them the following week. Four months later we can see the final result.  A fantastic job, well done Ian.