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Monday, 28 January 2013

January Carve a Rocking Horse Head course

Rocking Horse Carve a Head Course

January 2013

Five students joined us at The Rocking Horse Shop this weekend for our Rocking Horse Head carving course, with renowned Rocking Horse Maker Anthony Dew.

The course ran over three days and during that time the students carved their Rocking Horses Heads, I am sure you will agree they have done a fantastic job. 

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!

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 £15.)

    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)
If you would like to book on one of our courses please go to or give us a call on 01759 368737.

1 comment:

  1. Just had a nice email from Danny Clancy regarding our course:
    I would like to thank you all for a wonderful weekend. The 'Carve a Head' course is something I have been waiting years to do. Although I have made a number of horses over the years, the weekend was still an eyeopener. The days went to quickly, the input from yourself was spot on and well timed throughout. This worked well with each students ability and pace. I can say that everyone went home happy with their heads. Again a big thank you to all of you and I look forward to keeping in touch with you in the near future. Regards Danny Clancy