Building woodworking and metalworking projects in the home shop, including patternmaking, casting and smithing.You'll also find plans and information articles and a sprinkling of woodland property and nature pictures.
So from "Woodworking Plans And Projects" published by The Guild Of Master Craftsman comes this article on carved rocking horses. Definitely in the class of heirloom, these horses will make the carver/woodworker and the young recipient very happy. Written by Anthony Dew, he has written 3 books on the subject. The latest (written in 1993) "The Rocking-Horse Maker" is published by David And Charles and has step by step plans for nine horses from the easy hobby-horse to the advanced, fully carved, carousel horse.
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I'll post another project from this book next week, if anyone has a preference for one of the listed articles, message me the article and I will include it.
Two books today, one for the smith working on his (or her) smithing skills, and one for the woodworker looking for information on a nice Christmas gift.
The first one "Blacksmiths Craft" was first published in 1952 by the UK's Rural Development Commission. This is an excellent little book for the smith working on developing his skills. Lots of step by step photos for making various hardware, and good info. on equipment and operation of the forge. I liked it so much I printed off a copy, and bound it for the shop. If you are learning the craft this is one you need on your shelf (or storage device).
For the woodworker looking for info on a nice gift for a child or grandchild a rocking horse is always a popular item. " Build An Heirloom Rocking Horse" by John M. Linck is more of a promotional item for the plans available on his site, but it does include complete build documentation as well as info on the history, tools, and methods of building rocking horses. You can buy measured plans from the links at the back of the book. But if you are like me, there is enough info for the resourceful woodworker to build the horse without the measured plans.