Every horse is handcrafted with genuine horse hair imported from England and artisanal leather saddles from a local Amish leather worker. All saddles are created from a rich, buff brown leather that gives a weathered feel. (Saddle shade and finish may be different from photos.)
GIFTS THAT LAST A LIFETIME
In addition to being a church pastor, I’ve always been an avid woodworker and carpenter. I began making custom wooden rocking horses because of my love for the process. Each horse takes about 50 hours to complete, so it is truly a work of art. I love the way the wood comes together and how stately the horses look when finished.
In every rocking horse there's a child, young or old, who has a dream. We want to encourage people to dream big, to count all people as equals, to live with a spirit of reckless generosity, and to understand you can never be away from God's presence.
THE CREATION PROCESS
STEP #1: Wood Assembly
Every horse begins as a piece of 4’ x 8’ sheet of oak veneer plywood, cut to pattern and assembled to form the rough horse.
STEP #2: Sanding the Wood
Next the pony is shaped to gain the flowing features of the horse, then sanded extensively to develop its smooth features.
STEP #3: Coloring & Finishing
Once sanding is complete, the rich stain is applied, followed by 7-9 coats of wet-sanded polyurethane to give the horse its final finish.
STEP #4: Adding the Features
Once the finish of the horse passes inspection, the mane, tail, bridle, reins, handcrafted saddle, eyes, and stirrups are fitted. The last thing to go on the horse is the plaque identifying the horse with its own number.