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.

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Wood Assembly

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.

Sanding the Wood

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.

Coloring and Finishing

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.

Adding the Features

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.


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.)


For just $40 more I will document the creation of your rocking horse and put together a customized photo album just for you!

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Barbara Olson Center of Hope

“The gift of this beautiful rocking horse most certainly helped the Barbara Olson Center of Hope surpass our fundraising goal.”
– Carm, Executive Director

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Rockton Volunteer Firemen’s Association

“The quality and craftsmanship that goes into each horse is unbeatable. We would encourage anyone to check out these one-of-a-kind handcrafted horses!”
– Rockton Firemen’s Association

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Illinois State Police

“The craftsmanship is beyond anything I have ever seen, in what will surely become a family heirloom! I could not be happier with mine.”
– Robert, Illinois State Trooper

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