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Dadofour

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I became a Grandfather to twin's (Ethan and Madeline) 18 months ago.  Wanted to give a gift that would be cherished.

I wanted to make something and a rocking horse seemed like the right idea.  One small challenge:  Ethan has a form of Dwarfism called Achondroplasia.  Being a little person, I wanted him to be able to enjoy the rocking horse as well as Madeline.

I decided to make one horse to plan and use it to measure modifications for Ethan's horse.  I chose Maple to help the toy endure the test of time.  Madeline's horse was finished last weekend and Ethan's only requires the addition of the foot pegs. (Will be in the top of the front legs)

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I used the Linseed Oil and Beeswax recipe from the website and it applies easily and really gives the horses a natural feel.

Check out the big variation in color based on the wood used (all Maple)


Madeline's Horse
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IMG_7897.jpg  IMG_7898.jpg  IMG_7900.jpg  IMG_7899.jpgIMG_7852.jpg  IMG_7853.jpgGratuitous picture of my adorable grand daughter testing the horse during the build.
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What a wonderful toymaker's story. It really touched me deeply this morning. And your grandchild is both beautiful and very bright and intelligent with charm oozing from every pore!

This is a beautiful pair of rocking horses and we can all see the love and dedication that you poured into both magnificent riders. Thanks so much for sharing. All of us on the Forum are inspired by your herculean effort!
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Very nicely done.
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Really professional job, well done and I’m sure these will last the test of time
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Beautiful, and very well made.

Garanteed fun for hours

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A great work of art!


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Thanks very much. I really enjoyed the building and am tooling up for the Hillbilly Hot Rods!

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Great work and the face of the granddaughter priceless[thumb] 
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AWESOME Job!!!


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