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" I received this course as a Christmas present and as I had never done anything like this before I was very nervous at the start of the first morning. Tony Dew and the rest of the staff really put everyone at ease right from the moment we arrived. The tuition was excellent with group demonstrations each step of the way and everyone received just the right amount of individual support. This course gave me the confidence to believe that I can carve a large rocking horse. The Rocking Horse Shop is a beautiful place to visit for anyone interested in rocking horses, they have so many on display, old and new. I would recommend this course to anyone whatever their woodworking experience. Jullie Keyser "

Jullie Keyser

" I am writing to express my appreciation for the great customer service I have received from The Rocking Horse shop during making a Large Rocky Rocking Horse. On the three occasions I either phoned or emailed I was given helpful and friendly advise which was followed by a speedy delivery. - Rob Stephens Once again the service received from The Rocking Horse Shop has been absolutely superb as always.  Also, all the projects I have completed so far have given me an enormous amount of pleasure.  Best regards Harry Crampton Thank you – Little Rocky is absolutely charming and excellent value for money. - "

Mr & Mrs Probett

" Every horse is a hand-crafted individual. Ready-to-ride horses are available from stock, or you can commission a 'Special', made to your own preferred size and style. Horses can be shipped to any destination."

"  A great experience which I can thoroughly recommend. Everyone at the Rocking Horse Shop was so welcoming and friendly - it really feels like you're not just doing a course - more like being welcomed into a community of like-minded people. Having never 'carved' more than anything than the slot for a door hinge with a blunt chisel (!) I was curious to see how well I would fare on what seemed to be a rather daunting challenge, but Tony's teaching is first class and his approach is steady, methodical and patient - allowing you to build your skills at the right pace without ever feeling rushed or overwhelmed. For that reason I found the course not just an excellent learning experience but also a great way to relax and clear the mind. The number of students (6) is just right, and the balance of woodworking, rocking horse history, finishing tips and general banter was spot on. Now I just need to get on and finish my horse!  Matthew Grattan "

Matthew Grattan

" A cracking course. Tony builds confidence in both your woodcarving skills but also your artistic interpretation - by the end your horse's head may not look exactly like one of his but it will be pretty darn good! "

Leon Walker

" Highly recommended. I'd never done any woodcarving before and managed to leave with something that looked like a rocking horse head! Very relaxed and friendly atmosphere on the course and I liked the format of Tony demonstrating each stage before letting us loose to have a go ourselves. He provided as much or as little help as requested and at no stage was I ever made to feel like I was going to fail. I am determined to complete the full horse and have in fact now purchased the materials to do so. Go on, give it a go!!! "

Mark Levis

" Amazing 3 days. Feel like we worked hard but enjoyed every minute. Great all round experience and will definitely recommend it to anyone -everyone!!!  - Georgina Hedley-Smith I have now finished the horse I started with Peter and  wanted to say thank you for the expert help and to thank all the Rocking Horse Shop for their help, support and motivation.  I enjoyed the occasion very much and it did as I expected and kick started my making efforts again this winter.  I have made 8 horses to date and have another two on the go for my grandchildren. Thank you once again. Keith Jennings I attended the “little rocky” course in Oct,  I would like to thank you and Peter for a really enjoyable three day’s (and three lovely lunches) the 2 youngest g/children are looking forward to “one we can ride”. Thank You Mark Soper Loved the course and will be recommending it to members of the Hornsea art society and my arty friends.Thanks again for a lovely weekend.  My horse who I have named Samson (with his long hair) takes pride of place.    Tamar Simpson from Hornsea."

Tamar Simpson from Hornsea

" An excellent course! Tony is a very talented wood carver and a very good teacher with a very relaxed stile. I was amazed at how well my "head" turned out, not having carved anything at all before. I would highly recommend this course. All members of the Rocking Horse Shop staff were very friendly and extremely helpful. "

Frank Jarvie

" I just want to say how wonderful our new rocking horse that you delivered last week is.  It really is a fantastic work of art and I wish to express my sincere thanks to all who worked on it.  It really did exceed all my expectations.  So a massive thank you to everyone. - Brian Simpson Just to let you know all three horses have been safely received and they are all perfect.     Thank you so much Kind Regards Pam Bolt"

Pam Bolt

" We love the rocking horse - it is absolutely as we wanted it. Thank you!  "

Denise Caruth Stevenson

" I attended this course in January 2012, as a competent hobby woodworker, but with no woodcarving experience. Miraculously, at the end of three days, I found myself in possession of a very presentable carved head, greatly exceeding my expectations. Tony is an excellent teacher, able to give just the right level of help or advice to a pretty varied bunch of students. Everyone at the Rocking Horse Shop was very pleasant and helpful. Well worth travelling all the way from Kent to Yorkshire for the experience. "

Geoff Gymer

" I just wanted to extend to the artisans who built our Rocking Horse our heartfelt thanks, my wife's face when we unwrapped it from the packaging was filled with joy and our daughter, although a little too young for it at the moment, will grow into it very soon. Congratulations to all involved in producing this quality product and our sincere thanks."

Chris Walker

" For woodworkers we offer a range of exclusive DIY plans supported by prepared timber packs, quality accessories & tack and specialist tools. We also hold regular carving courses with tuition by Anthony Dew."

" For me it was a first working with sharp chisels and wood but within the first hour of the course Tony have given all of us enough confindence to begin to shape our horses heads and by the end of the three days we all came away with heads we could hold up with pride. The whole course was well planned and we never were never made to feel the beginers we were. I now have an almost complete horse getting ready for his saddle, main and tail after countless hours of fun and head scratching. Try it!"

Bob Hacking

" What a great way to spend 3 days! It was with some trepidation that I arrived at The Rocking Horse Shop to become a student at the 'Carve a Head' course. I had minimal experience with woodwork having made some small wooden toys, but had never tried my hand at carving. The first thing to be said is how friendly everyone was, only 2 mins after entering the premises I had a cup of coffee in my hand. The teaching technique of Anthony Dew was second to none. You were never rushed, everything from carving techniques to use of special power tools was very well explained. All 5 students ended up with rocking horse heads that we could be proud of. We had learned the basics of a great craft and had some fun along the way. I have the rest of the timber pack and am now looking forward to completing the whole rocking horse.
If you have ever considered trying your hand at carving or making a complete rocking horse, then put it off no longer, this is the course for you. I can't recommend it highly enough. "

Paul Lattimore

" "I have just completed a medium laminated rocking horse (after a trial run on a mini-rocky) and would like to say how pleased I am with it.  The DVD as a visual guide was exceptionally good and I feel sure that without it I may have struggled. I would advise anyone thinking of making a rocking horse to stop thinking and get on with it.""

John Richardson

" I enjoyed the head-carving course enormously. 
Tony Dew adjusts his teaching to the individual, with just the right amount of intervention or additional advice and, as so many reviewers above have pointed out, one does finish the course with good/excellent result. I was amazed that, after intro's, demonstration of the tools and safety-explanations, we were straight down to work and 6+hours just sped by. 
And a word or two about the setting; the workshop, factory and shop are all very interesting, and the tour of Tony's rocking-horse museum (with anecdotes) is as inspiring as it fascinating.
 May 2014 - Roy"


" Tony soon turned apprehension into confidence with a relaxed teaching style that suited all abilities, putting everyone at ease. The setting for the course and all the staff were brilliant. After a truly enjoyable three days carving the head for a large rocking horse I first made the little rocky chair horse for my grandson and then went on to complete the large rocking horse. The staff were helpful throughout always willing to answer any questions I had. 
Tony Gunson Did course 27th October 2012"

Tony Gunson

" Had an great time and learned quite a bit in the three days I was there and it was my first course on carving and I will def think of doing something else again soonish lol. Tony and the team made me very welcome and have no hesitations what so ever in recommending this course. "

Ian Wilson