Sunday, October 28, 2018

A Toddler's Rocking-Horse

So the sun didn't last, we are back into a snow storm, to continue into tomorrow. The plan this morning is for a popular toddlers rocking horse. The plan comes from Anthony Dew's great project book "The Rocking-Horse Maker", published by David And Charles in 1993. The plans are for personal use and can not be reproduced for re-sale without the authors permission.

The author has written a number of books on this subject including the restoration of older designs. In this book he goes through the building of nine different projects, from the easy hobby-horse to the advanced, fully carved, Carousel-style horse. The first two or three projects are relatively easy projects, within the reach of even the novice woodworker. Depending upon your degree of patience and skill, the projects get progressively more advanced, culminating in the fully carved carousel-style horse. The advanced carousel-style horse might seem daunting to most woodworkers, but with patience and care, most woodworkers could produce a beautiful piece of nostalgia for their children to pass on to theirs.

A case in point, North Bay had an old water front park carousel, that was in dire need of rebuilding, or suffer the consequence of demolition. A group of local hobby woodworkers got together and agreed to try and reproduce the carved carousel horses, the time taken was not months but years. The result was a beautiful, rebuilt carousel. I suspect Mr. Dew's books were very helpful guides, on their adventure. I will have to get pictures, the next time that I am down that way.

The following plan is a very easy plan to produce. Their are two versions you can try, the silhouette head version, or for a carving experience, the carved head version. The plan is designed to be safer and more convenient for the younger toddler set. It is small enough for the toddler to climb onto without assistance.




The following plan was stitched together from two page scans. I could not remove the shadowy parts of the scans without effecting the quality of the rest of the scan. Excuse the shadow, the stitched together grid plan remains accurate.





Finished pictures of the two versions you can build.


Here is a picture of the advanced, fully carved version, of the Carousel-style horse, mounted on bow rockers. If you want to build it, you need the book, if I got more than a couple requests for it, I would upload it (it's a time consuming scan).


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