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Labor of love

Labor of love

About nine years ago I decided to embark on a project that I knew nothing about.I wanted to build my grand daughter a rocking horse that she would be proud of. I had never done woodworking before but I was determined to do this. I made it out of various pieces of scrape wood that I had collected over time. There was pine and walnut mostly and I put it all together for this finished product.While I was visiting my daughter and her family recently I saw it sitting there. I decided to snap a quick shot of it.

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Guest 08-Nov-2011 11:56
If you didn't know, you would think that the craftsman of this piece had been doing woodwork for decades. One could imagine that this rocking horse will be handed down through many generations to come, what with its superb finish and more than apparent sturdiness. It looks to be the Leica of rocking horses.

Gary Retterbush03-Nov-2011 17:57
Excellent image of a real masterpiece made with loving care! An heirloom to treasure.
janescottcumming02-Nov-2011 23:33
This is beautiful Jim. My husband loves working with wood also. He has made some really pretty guitars. Did you have plans for this horse or did you design it all by yourself? I understand why you have a gallery called the Beauty of Wood. You certainly do have an appreciation for wood. I particularly like the way you did the mane and the tail.
Lamar Nix02-Nov-2011 12:54
Quite a polished final product and corresponding image. V
pkocinski02-Nov-2011 12:51
Great workmanship in this piece and I'm sure it's a treasure for your grand daughter.
marko gregoric02-Nov-2011 11:28
Bravo Jim! Superb!!! BV
Enny02-Nov-2011 10:29
wow Jim, this is super, stop making pics and start a new job, you have talent, I already order one.
Betty Vlasiu02-Nov-2011 05:45
Good capture!
Mike H.02-Nov-2011 03:05
Can see that your good eyes were at work here too!
Also, we know about your mechanical savvy. Smiling here. BV
Carl Carbone02-Nov-2011 02:34
Multi-talented you are! Very nice work. V
teachpeace02-Nov-2011 02:05
Amazing that this was your first woodworking project. The determination, craftsmanship and love you put into this project is very apparent.
Jess. ( Lady.D.)02-Nov-2011 01:57
A labour of love that is obviously well loved, beautiful work Jim on both image and woodwork...
Marcia Colelli02-Nov-2011 01:35
Congratulations!! You did a very beautiful job V
larose forest photos02-Nov-2011 01:34
Oh, it is wonderful! I am very impressed. I think every child should have a rocking horse, and one made with love is best. VV
Mildred Alpern02-Nov-2011 01:09
How lovely, what a great job you did. I am so happy that you are showing this to us. I do admire your woodworking skills.
Walter O. Koenig02-Nov-2011 01:07
Great job Jim. Really like the way you rendered the shape of the head, the mane and the tail.
Earl Misanchuk02-Nov-2011 00:34
Outstanding, Jim. I had no idea you were also into wood. We're like two peas in a pod. Or, perhaps, two beans, or carrots, or....
Jean D02-Nov-2011 00:28
You are an exceptional artist in woodworking, Jim.

Kevin Warren02-Nov-2011 00:19
Wow, Jim, that is a work of art!
Stephanie01-Nov-2011 23:27
Your granddaughter is a very lucky young lady! Beautiful construction and finished image Jim! BV :)
Graeme01-Nov-2011 23:18
Very beautifully crafted with the wonderful colours of the woods. A present that I am sure your grand daughter was over the moon to receive my friend. Your talents are never ending, Jim. Very well done!!
Raymond01-Nov-2011 23:18
Holy Cow, I'm impressed Jim ... whoa, that is one beautiful horse and I know that it is definitly a family hairloom that is preciously guarded.
Hank Vander Velde01-Nov-2011 23:06
Beautiful shiny piece Jim. Lovely wood grains. Did you build it?
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