The Rocking Horse Shop

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Monday, 22 December 2014

Opening times over the Christmas & New Year

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

 from everyone at 

The Rocking Horse Shop





We would like to wish all our customers 
A Merry Christmas &
A Happy New Year

Our shop will be closed from
12 noon on Tuesday 23rd December
and will re-open
9am Friday 2nd January 2012
 


You can still place your orders
on-line throughout the Christmas period.

Don't forget there is still time to buy those last minute Christmas Gifts at

www.rockinghorse.co.uk


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Mini Rocky Carving Course at The Rocking horse Shop



Mini Rocky Carving Course


We had a fantastic carving course with six students making their mini rocky rocking horses under the watchful eye of  Peter Berry.  Peter  is one of the country’s best known carvers, well known for his regular instructive articles in national magazines.  A prolific carver best known for human and animal character studies, Peter brings a wealth of knowledge and an infectious enthusiasm to his teaching. He has inspired hundreds of people to experience the sheer enjoyment of woodcarving. 




For details of our next mini rocky carving course please click here.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Open Day at The Rocking Horse Shop Wednesday 12th November 2014



We are opening our workshop doors 

to show you how Rocking Horses are made on...

Wednesday 12th November

10am to 3pm

Please join us for a mince pie 

with an opportunity to look round, 

see demonstrations and talk to our experts.

Christmas Gift Ideas

Everyone welcome, we would love to see you.



Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Medium Rocky Rocking horse made by Jim Stables

Medium Rocky Rocking horse made by Jim Stables








We have just had a wonderful email from Jim Stables who recently made a rocking horse for his great granddaughter.

Hi Guys,

Thought you might like a peek at the latest creation from The Rocking Horse Stables. This was built for our great granddaughter, Hollie on the occasion of her third birthday.  She had outgrown the wee chair rocker which I had built for her first birthday (see photo).

It is a conventional 'Rocky' constructed in accordance with your excellent drawings and instructions.  However, on this one I've attempted to introduce a bit more detail around the nostrils, mouth and ears with a set of natty horse shoes carved into the hooves.

It was very well received by the proud, new owner.  There is a Time Capsule concealed within the structure and the horse is to be called 'Epona' which I'm reliably informed is the name of a mythical pony in The Legend of Zelda, a PS4 computer game
Thank you again for all your help with this.

KIndest regards,

Jim

PS  Just taken delivery of a timber pack for my next project. Thank you. 

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Fangfest Festival Of The Practical Arts - 6th & 7th September

Fangfest Festival Of The Practical Arts

6th & 7th September

Fangfoss, Nr York

9am to 4pm


 


A Celebration of Traditional Crafts

This year’s Fangfoss Festival of Practical Arts will have lots of new attractions and 
interesting things for you to see and do - a delightful rural village event! 

Demonstrations of Traditional Rocking Horse Carving,
 including our laminated designs. 
Also Finishing, Painting & Restoring.

Special Rocking Horse Shop Offers throughout the weekend on Finished Horses, 
Plans, Accessories & Timber Packs

Crafts marquee, including soft & hard crafts.
Demonstrations of bowl making with a pole lathe & chainsaw carving. 
Have a go at Clay Shooting & Archery. 
Traditional fairground rides, ice cream, refreshments & lunches.

There will be many attractions & demonstrations around the village;
Vintage & Classic cars, pottery & raku firing, furniture bargains,  
 prize draw, beer & meals at the pub, 
 Flower display in the village Church.
Free Children’s activities throughout the weekend.

Many visitors & rocking horse enthusiasts return year after year


Parking and entry is free  - Programmes £1.00

IT’S GOING TO BE A MARVELLOUS WEEKEND - DO COME AND JOIN US!

Visit our website for up to date details: 
also our Facebook page:-

THE ROCKING HORSE SHOP, FANGFOSS, YORK 
Tel  01759 368737      website   www.rockinghorse.co.uk

 



 

 

Monday, 19 May 2014

Guild of Rocking Horse Makers Open Day

Guild of Rocking Horse Makers Open Day

14th May 2014


Guild members at Burnby Hall Gardens taking a look at Bigger Bertie


We had a fantastic Guild open day last week with members travelling from as far as New Zealand to come and see us.  Everyone arrived at 10:30 for coffee and biscuits which was a  great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet with like minded people.

Throughout the day our members were able to watch various demonstrations from carving, gessoing, painting, making and fitting manes and tails, making tack and also making swing irons.












The weather was perfect and we were able to lunch outside and celebrate Barbara, one of our leather workers, 60th Birthday.





After the demonstrations we went to Burnby Hall Gardens in Pocklington to see Bigger Bertie, who will be at Burnby Hall for at least 3 years.


Monday, 28 April 2014

Mini Rocky Laminated Rocking Horse Carving Course With Peter Berry

Mini Rocky Laminated Rocking Horse 

Carving Course 

With Peter Berry




We have just had a great three day carving course with 7 students from all over the UK carving their beautiful mini rocky laminated rocking horses.  
















These courses are aimed at those wishing to make a laminated mini Rocking Horse. Peter Berry will show you how, using traditional hand tools and the latest electric carving tools which are ideal for this beautiful laminated horse.  Previous carving experience in not necessary and all skill levels are accommodated, and each student will be taught all the techniques to successfully carve the Mini Rocky. Sanding, varnishing, fitting stand or bow rocker & tacking up is not included in this course but can be easily finished at home.
We are delighted that Peter has agreed to run these courses at The Rocking Horse Shop.   Peter  is one of the country’s best known carvers, well known for his regular instructive articles in national magazines. Peter has a wide experience of all aspects of the craft at varied locations throughout the UK, Europe and North America. He has delivered city and guilds woodcarving courses at Leeds college of art and design, and less formal sessions at numerous shows and retailers.  A prolific carver best known for human and animal character studies, Peter brings a wealth of knowledge and an infectious enthusiasm to his teaching. He has inspired hundreds of people to experience the sheer enjoyment of woodcarving.
The course fee includes:-

  • Three days individual tuition with Peter Berry
  • Use of workshop equipment and all carving tools.
  • Lunch, usually cold meats and salads, as well as refreshments
  • Mini Rocky timber pack on bow rockers including the bows which you will assemble later. (You may carve the Mini Rocky on a safety stand for an additional £15.) Accessories and tack to finish the horse are also not included.

The Mini Rocky carving courses courses run 9:30am till 4pm on the first two days, 9:30am to 3pm on the final day (but we will start earlier and run later if need be!), with a maximum of 7 students on each course. These Mini Rocky courses take place in our workshop.
Accommodation is not included, but we can recommend several local B & Bs, pubs or hotels, and will send you a list on request.