Pretty Girl: rocking horse repair

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Project by Kate posted 07-14-2010 05:11 PM 3028 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have an old rocking horse that has been in our family for generations. Recently I noticed that Pretty Girl has been looking a bit tired. I decided to give her a good grooming. I’m pleased with the results. She looks much happier now and ready for the next generation of riders.

(I wrote about the process in my newsletter. If you are interested you can read it at Click on the “In Progress” section.)

Thanks for looking.

-- Kate,

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#1 posted 07-14-2010 05:30 PM

what a great re-build , kate .

and leaving that note for the next repair person ,
is so sweet .

your birds look happy too .
well done !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 07-14-2010 05:50 PM

She is a real beauty! I love to think of the far away places she has traveled in the imaginations of her riders. Wonderful rebuild project. You treated Pretty Girl with respect.

I also love that you left the note inside. Someday someone will find it and feel the connection. I used to leave messages or information about current events and prices on the backs of toilet tanks I installed. It was a tradition passed down to me from my dad who had found a similar message on a wall of a remodel he worked on as a young man.

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#3 posted 07-14-2010 06:11 PM

Kate, thanks for sharing this restore – you did a great job! I enjoyed looking around your website, too. You do beautiful work!

-- Robb

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#4 posted 07-14-2010 08:01 PM

Splendid job and well worth doing.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 07-14-2010 10:24 PM

Thanks everyone for your comments. I like to think some day in a few generations someone will open her up again and fine my note. Until then she will get lots of loving, I’m sure.

-- Kate,

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#6 posted 07-14-2010 10:45 PM

Extremely well done. I love the leather ears and will incorporate this idea on the future horses I make. Carved ears take a lot of time because you have to insert pieces of wood to get the correct grain direction and the subsequent glue joint can fail when the children hang onto them.

Did you find any objects inside? After a horse ages and the tail is pulled out, kids push things inside. I have found erasers, coins, etc. It can really help date a horse. Do you know who made this horse?

Finally, what did you use for the mane?

A rocking horse is pure magic. You have brought this one back to life and have respected the original craftsman by repairing the things that matter to a kid (mane, ears, structural integrity) and not “fixing” things that don’t (finish or replacing the eyes with new ones). The man who made this would recognize it and smile.

-- Ray, Lakeland, FL

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#7 posted 07-15-2010 09:55 AM

Nice job Kate It’ll be loved for many years to come I’m sure, it’s great to see them given a new lease of life

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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