Carve-A-Head Course - August 2021

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3 day course 12th, 13th, 14th August 2021. Carve a Rocking Horse Head with instruction from a member of the Rocking Horse Shop team. 

3 day course 12th, 13th, 14th August 2021.

Carve a Rocking Horse Head with instruction from a member of the Rocking Horse Shop team. 

These courses are aimed at those wishing to make a traditional carved Rocking Horse. We will show you the traditional approach to Rocking Horse carving using hand tools. Previous carving experience in not necessary all skill levels are accommodated, and each student will successfully complete the carving of a Rocking Horses head during the Course!

The course fee includes:-

  • Use of workshop equipment and all carving tools (but you are very welcome to bring your own)
  • Lunch, usually cold meats and salads, as well as refreshments
  • Head & Neck Timber for Medium Size Horse, prepared ready for you to commence carving. (Several alternative medium size heads will be offered. You may upgrade to Large at an additional cost of £20.)Carve-a-Head courses run 10am till 4pm on the first two days, 10am to 3pm on the final day (but we will start earlier and run later if need be!), with a maximum of 6 students on each course.These Carve-a-Head course take place in our purpose built carving studio. We shall look at many aspects of traditional Rocking Horse making including carving techniques, gouge grinding/sharpening, the use of hand carving tools (incl. power carvers) and different makers approaches etc.Course Fee: 3 day Carve-a-Head Course - £300.00 per person(Price includes VAT- members or Friends of The Guild of Rocking Horse Makers receive a 5% discount)
  • Accommodation is not included, but we can recommend several local B & Bs, pubs or hotels, and will send you a list on request. (Please note: The Course does not cover the laminated designs.)

COVID-19 - we have reduced the number of people on the course to a maximum of 4 to comply with social distancing. We run our carving courses in our 'cartshed' workshop, which has plenty of space for each person to work. 

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS  To cancel your place please inform us at least 14 days in advance. A deposit charge of £50 will be made on all cancellations


"The way you explained and demonstrated each section certainly drew the best out of all of us and the carving better than anything I had imagined."Mr J Briggs, Crawley"

My skill is rather limited to say the least, but after your very capable and interesting instruction my confidence has increased considerably. Mr Little Rocking Horse is now not as daunting as I had previously thought and is coming on in leaps and bounds. The sooner I have completed the sooner I can start on my newly purchased Medium Rocker."Mr D Thompson, Aberdeen

"The course was really interesting and informative. It was a nice relaxed atmosphere, yet remained serious."Mr p Foster, Barrow on Humber"I thoroughly enjoyed it, excellent value for money."Mr N McCormick, Ripon

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