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Our shop and workshops are based just outside York, England in a small village called Fangfoss. We are immensely proud of the work we do, and hopefully any conversation you have with our time that infectious enthusiasm comes across.
We may only be a small team, but we have unrivalled experience of the craft, no matter what you are looking into. The shop is led by 4 member of staff, who are always on hand to take your orders or answer any questions you may have, the chances are these are the people you will have most to do with at The Rocking Horse Shop. Within the leatherwork team 4 members of staff cumulate over 50 years of experience, whether that be the production of bespoke creative leatherwork, tacking up horses or manufacturing the over 100 different saddle combinations we offer. The wood and metalwork team consists of another 3 team members, making timber packs, bending swing irons, and of course carving horses and restoring old ones back to their former glory.
We are lucky to have our own wood, leather, metal and paint workshops which enables nearly everything we do to be done on site. This means everything we make is bespoke and hand made to the needs of our customers.
You are more than welcome to come and visit our on-site showroom, where we usually have on display a range on finished horses, restorations and along with everything you might need to make your own Rocking Horse.
We do offer tours of our workshops, if you are interested in learning more about Rocking Horses and what we do, please phone ahead of time to make sure that someone is available to show you around.
I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for the warm welcome I received last week on the Head Carving Course. It was a genuine pleasure to spend time in the work shop with a highly skilled and creative tutor. The 3 days provided ample opportunity to share this enthusiasm and to learn from a master craftsman. Thank you again for your support, guidance and timely advice. I feel equipped and inspired to complete my very own medium rocking horse which I am sure will become a munched loved addition to our family.Steve Kibble, Cornwall
This is just to say how delighted I am with our restored rocking horse which arrived safely yesterday. The handsome horse seems a far cry from the poorly horse we dropped off in May and it is now in pride of place in the dining room awaiting introduction to the grandchildren next week.
It has been a pleasure to deal with your enthusiastic team and the result is great. It arrived on time as agreed and on budget.Rosemary Burke
I have to agree with all the positive reviews already made on the 3 day workshop on carving a rocking horse head. I experienced a very well organised course on learning the techniques for using the tools on solid wood without messing up the head right away, leading on to shaping the head as you would like. Just follow what is demonstrated step by step and you will end up with a very professional looking horse’s head and a good working knowledge of how to use the tools. I had already assembled the Large Rocky and carved the body but I needed some practise on a head. This was just what I needed. I am now full of enthusiasm to complete the Large Rocky. Most enjoyable, full of fun and a fabulous active holiday. There were six of us on the course and there were six good looking heads after only three days. I could not recommend this workshop more highly. The only negative is that I had to go home afterwards.David Smith
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, Yorkshire
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
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.
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
We love the rocking horse - it is absolutely as we wanted it. Thank you!Denise Caruth Stevenson