If it is to do with Rocking Horses... we do it! Welcome to our website, we hope you find everything you might need. 

The Rocking Horse Shop

Designers, Makers & Restorers of Beautiful Rocking Horses Since 1976

Exciting News!

In October we are delighted to be releasing two brand new books. These can be pre ordered now via the link below.

https://www.rockinghorse.co.uk/shop/make-your-own/books-dvds

 

The Complete Rocking-Horse Maker (2nd edition, fully revised.)

“Everything about making and restoring this iconic plaything.”

In this comprehensive and practical book, Anthony Dew distills the knowledge gained during almost 50 years as a rocking-horse designer, maker and restorer. 

First published in 2003, this second edition has been fully revised and updated, including new chapters on laminated plywood rocking-horse construction, the history of rocking-horses and restoration.

Every aspect of rocking horse making is described, to enable you to make one of these superb playthings. Projects suit all levels of ability, from simple hobby horses to a fully-carved carousel style horse, with designs for archetypal Victorian style beauties in several sizes. All projects include scale plans and illustrated step-by-step instructions.

This new book is sure to introduce many more people to a fascinating traditional craft, which Anthony Dew firmly believes is as relevant and valuable in the 21st century as it has been in the past. “There is a wonderful sense of achievement and satisfaction in seeing your children or grandchildren riding a rocking horse which you have made.”

"Anthony Dew has succeeded in distilling his skill and knowledge … as one of the country's foremost rocking-horse makers, into a wonderfully concise and easy-to-follow book that will assuredly provide all the information you will ever need to create your very own rocking horse.” Robert Nathan, Manager of The British Toymakers Guild.

 

Making It with Rocking-Horses

“An intimate story of life, love, death and rocking-horses.”

Almost 50 years ago Anthony Dew set out to revive a near-dead craft and, together with partner and wife Pat, build a fulfilling and successful life-style enterprise. 

“I live the dream, but there’s a lot more to it than you might think…”

Starting with nothing but a desire to live a creative and good life, Making It with Rocking-Horses is the personal story of unprecedented success in the face of flood, fire, bureaucratic obstacles, near-death experiences, and personal tragedy.

With over 75 drawings and photographs.

“A must-read for anyone trying to juggle family, business and creative endeavours.” Lara Stafford, Theatre of Science