Heartwood Rocking Horses

Sneak Peek! Almost finished!

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I’ve been working on this walnut horse for over a month now, and couldn’t resist rubbing one coat of oil in after sanding all day to see what colors arise. I have loved working with this walnut, and am so glad to have tried something new! I always thought walnut would be very hard to work with. What I found is that it is harder than poplar, but that means it doesn’t splinter as much, and it’s a little more predictable. It is like carving into a block of frozen chocolate, whereas poplar is like carving into a mealy apple. Well, maybe not that bad. I still like the poplar, but the feel of slicing the walnut is great fun!

With this reclaimed lumber, none of my grains match up very well, but I enjoy all the variety and seeing the different lines and colors. Maybe I’ll try harder in the future to use colors that are more similar. But for now I really love this one, and it will be very unique! I still have the rockers to finish, and the mane to install. And then lots more oil and buffing! Here’s a sneak peek for now!

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Author: Alicia

I live and work in Asheville, NC. I've been learning to carve since 2012, and started my own rocking horse business in 2013. I've always loved drawing horses, and find those skills practiced as a teenager now come in handy as I carve each horse to life from chunks of wood. I love creating things that children can enjoy, move with, and learn from. I also love hiking through the hills of the Asheville area, swimming in the icy waterfalls, and hanging out with my husband and my dog.

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