There are not that many variations that I found on the internet for rocking horse design, most actually all that I saw are mainly 3/4″ thick pieces screwed together.I was looking for table dimentions the other day in my books and saw “The Classics From The New Yankee Workshop” a book that Aunt Sally gave me for xmas I think, fifteen years ago maybe? it feels like a long time regardless. I am not a fan of the look he gets when his pieces are done but I have respect for his methodical approach and efficient use of the tools at his disposal, I spent many a sunday morning watching him in the late eighty’s, early ninety’s and getting a better understanding of the methods of a modern woodworker, and this while I was working in a cabinet shop in Baltimore. I learned more from magazines and his show than I did at work. Needless to say he has put the tool industry and the woodworker on the fast track with his show.
This is a pic I took from his book of the rocking horse he does, to me it is deciding Norm, different from any I have seen and heavy clunky wood. The original is at Old Sturbridge Village in Mass. It was probably machine-made to some extent too, it has that look to me.I some times feel like we humans get stuck in the methods others use and it quickly becomes the way its supposed to be or something. This seems to be the most popular way to make these guys that I found, plans offered or ready-made,nothing wrong with it its a good design, but with so many resources at our disposal we can learn and get ideas from what is out there and make our own. It may not be liked by all or be comfortable or even rock well, like so many things in life efforts do not go unnoticed, someone else might not see it or get it but you do and in some way get better for it. I met an art teacher once who never said anything bad about others creations and it struck me, here is a guy who knows a great deal about art and doesn’t disregard anything due to personal preference, it made art seem so free, and it’s not like you would make something hideous and say “here ya go, its art” chances are you wouldn’t allow it, someone else may not like it though, and that’s ok. I just felt like Andy Rooney there for a second.
Another beautiful week here in the north county, we had our first frost last night.I took this pic the other day I was working on a roof,the yellowish bomb to the left of the silo is a Hickory, one of my favorite to look at especially this time of year.