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Monday, 24 June 2013

Carve A Rocking Horse Head - June 2013 Carving Course with Anthony Dew

Carve A Rocking Horse Head  

June 2013 Carving Course with Anthony Dew




We have had an excellent weekend with four students joining us in our purpose built carving studio to carve their very own Rocking Horse head.  With instruction from master carver Anthony Dew our enthusiastic students spent three days carving their Horse heads.  One of our students Eric travelled all the way from South Africa!





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 - £300.00 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 & Bs, pubs or hotels, and will send you a list on request. (Please note: The Course does not cover the laminated designs.)

Monday, 10 June 2013

Bigger Bertie Rocking Horse heads to Christie's of London


Bigger Bertie goes to Christie's

Over the last few weeks we have been giving Bigger Bertie a spring clean so that he can be sold at Christie's of London on the 5th September 2013.  He will be available to view in London throughout the month of August.

Friday was a beautiful day in Fangfoss and we had a last ride before loading him on to his trailer.


Jane Cook Planking!!



Jane Cook riding high

Anthony Dew having a last ride before Bigger Bertie was loaded onto his trailer.

We then had to load him on his trailer for his long journey to London.






Today he left us for London, would love to hear from anyone who saw him on his journey.



Bigger Bertie stopping for a rest at a service station on the M1

Bigger Bertie has arrived at Christie's of London




Tuesday, 4 June 2013

May 2013 Carving Course at The Rocking Horse Shop



May 2013 Carve a Rocking Horse Head Course


We held a great 3 day carving course last week with 5 students carving their Rocking Horse heads under the watchful eye of master carver Anthony Dew.  The course is aimed at students wishing to make a traditional carved Rocking Horse.  Renowned expert Anthony Dew shows the traditional approach to Rocking Horse carving using hand tools.  Previous carving experience in not necessary and all skill levels are accommodated, and as you can see each student successfully completes the carving of a Rocking Horses head during the Course!