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BIGGER BERTIE ROCKING HORSE - 3 days to go 2nd Oct 2011

to Bigger Bertie's first outing. So how do you assemble the head, body and four legs of a wooden rocking horse that weighs, at a guess, upwards of half a ton, and put it up on its rockers? Answer: you call in the help of the inestimable Mark Whiting ... READ MORE

BIGGER BERTIE ROCKING HORSE - 4 days to go 1st Oct 2011

to Bigger Bertie's first outing to London (WorldSkills, ExCeL centre). I have been carving the legs and fitting the eyes (the replacement for the broken one has arrived, fortunately, saving Bigger Bertie from having to travel with an eye patch on, s... READ MORE

BIGGER BERTIE ROCKING HORSE - five days to go 30th Sep 2011

to Bigger Bertie's first outing, and his body is now coming together, with Sam fixing parts on at a great rate. Ewen is varnishing the giant rockers and we had to dash out for more when the varnish pot runs dry. We have started to cut out and assemb... READ MORE

BIGGER BERTIE ROCKING HORSE - six days to go 29th Sep 2011

the countdown continues to Bigger Bertie's first outing to London... We now, at last, have the huge rockers assembled. Sam, Karl, me and Ewen (my regular helper who is studying landscape and garden design and who has just won, top prize, at his pa... READ MORE

Bigger Bertie's Bow Rockers are being assembled. 28th Sep 2011

Bigger Bertie's Bow Rockers are out in the yard, construction has started, the worlds largest hand carved Rocking Horse is being born........... READ MORE

BIGGER BERTIE ROCKING HORSE - a week to go 28th Sep 2011

to Bigger Bertie's first outing and (you might think this is a bit late in the day) I am now starting to believe he will come together OK. Today young Karl (who's real passion is chain-saw carving but we're trying to show him a bit of real woodwork) ... READ MORE

Rocking Horse Head Carving Course, September 2011 27th Sep 2011

Last week 6 enthusiastic woodworkers joined us at The Rocking Horse Shop to carve their Rocking Horse Heads.After spending 3 days with master carver Anthony Dew they all finished carving their beautiful Rocking Horse Heads and headed home to finish t... READ MORE

BIGGER BERTIE ROCKING HORSE - 8 days to go 27th Sep 2011

to Bigger Bertie's first outing, to London (I keep thinking of that old music hall song - 'Maybe it's a big horse I'm a Londoner'). Anyway, we've moved the two big rockers out of the workshop, into the yard and are preparing them for assembly. This i... READ MORE

BIGGER BERTIE ROCKING HORSE 9 days to go 25th Sep 2011

to Bigger Bertie's first public outing, to the ExCeL centre, London, and WorldSkills. The name 'Bigger Bertie', is a comment on the fact that he (has to be a 'he', can't be an 'it', and 'she' seems inappropriate for a beast do huge) is bigger than ... READ MORE

Rocking horse winner at skill training competition 24th Sep 2011

Bigger Bertie gets a mention in The York Press. Click on The York Press above to see the article in todays paper.... READ MORE

" ... thank you very much for your help & excellent service. Our horse now looks very fine & has been much admired by visiting friends." Pat Herbert