Santa just finished this Rocking Horse

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Project by SteveW posted 12-19-2011 05:25 PM 2461 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Santa spent the weekend before Christmas finishing his latest creation, started earlier this summer, when he did all the hard parts. All that was left was the finishing…
He used a large scrap of black leather, picked up at a local Tandy’s and cut it to fit as the saddle, and a pair of ears. His hair, the mane and tail, were bunches of 14” strands of 7 oz black yarn, and using small fencing staples, hammered in tight…The leather harness was cut and nailed on with black upholstery nails. His name is “Dusty” courtesy of Santa’s wife, and he’s constructed of a combination of Ash, with a spalted white oak body center, along with red and white oak and Ash exterior sides and legs. (Santa wanted to call him Scrappy, but Mrs. Claus wouldn’t have it)
For safety, I added several more slats on the rocker part, so that little feet didn’t fall through, when climbing onto the horse. Santa finished him with two coats of Zinsser’s Amber Shellac…and a final coat of paste wax, and then buffed and polished.
Any-who….He’s sure glad to be done. Merry Christmas to all!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#1 posted 12-19-2011 05:58 PM

Santa did well on this one.

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#3 posted 12-19-2011 09:26 PM

Great job on a wonderful gift.

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#4 posted 12-20-2011 12:32 PM

Someone is going to have many hours of fun on that fine steed. Great work.

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#5 posted 12-20-2011 03:05 PM

This brought tears to my eyes because one year oh about 20 years ago I was commissioned to make a rocking horse for a child for Christmas. Of course it was a rush job, specally designed. The job was completed a couple days before Christmas and the customer was contacted. Well he was a no show. He was a no show Christmas Eve. This rocking horse deserved to be under the tree Christmas Day. All the planning all the work and no childs delight on that wonderous morning. It couldn’t just set in the shop so I put it under my tree of course my kids were too od for it but they did ask why and I told them and they agreed so at least he was under someones tree on Christmas Day. The customer showed up a couple days later saying he was real busy, I was paid and that was that but the story lingers on. So Steve make sure Dusty has a place of honor on Christmas Day or I’ll send an elf over with a big 2×4.
Now off to something more pleasant.
(Or in my case “The man with all the TOOLS”)

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#6 posted 12-20-2011 08:14 PM

thanks for all the comments…Dusty will remain under OUR tree, until my 2nd oldest daughter can come by on the Monday AFTER Christmas, to visit with us. Then our granddaughter will get to enjoy a ride…and take him to their home.
I’m thinking about entering him into the contest for children’s gifts…

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#7 posted 12-20-2011 08:17 PM

Nice Job! I make a few of these every year and I know the tremendious work involved but its always worth it when I get the feedback about the childrens reactions.

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#8 posted 12-21-2011 08:20 AM

Nice Job! I just posted my daughters horse up as well. I enjoy checking out the similarities and differences. I certainly like your leather work! ....and your mane doesn’t look like Lionel Richey like mine does lol.

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#9 posted 12-23-2011 04:28 PM

Very nice rocking horse. I have two sets of friends that either just had or will soon have their first child. While a RH is not for an infant I am thinking of making them each one (having two kids of my own a bassinet is needed for such a short time). Did you use a plan? And about how much time did it take? ( time is not a major issue just want to know for planning purposes)

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#10 posted 12-23-2011 04:39 PM

Dyankee:Thanks for your comments.
Here’s a little more information on making the horse… I started this back in the summer, around June/July…
I blogged the early work at
and figured it was just about 6 months of very part time work to finish him off.
I used the Woodsmith plan Issue #65, and if you need a copy, drop me an email, and I’ll scan and email
the plan to you.
I think this was plenty of time, as I had a lot of “nothing” time in between shop work, and I’m sure you could easily finish one in much less time than me.
Hope this helps,

p.s. use email [email protected] to request plans copy

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#11 posted 12-31-2011 04:15 AM

great job on the rocking horse, DYANKEE, just wanted to tell you to look at winfield they have rocking toys for smaller babies.

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#12 posted 01-16-2012 06:38 AM

I love the leather and yarn work on this horse and those eyes make him look very realistic. The spalted oak is a nice touch.

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