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Ceefa

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When my children were little (about 30 years ago) I made a swan rocker for them. About three years ago I started making toys more seriously, mainly to give away to children in need. In our town there is a little 3 year old girl, Savannah who is suffering from Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy and is unable to walk. The family have to raise $70,000 to go over to America so Savannah can have an operation to help her walk.

I made this swan rocker so the family could raffle it to help with their fundraising. Thay also have a Facebook page HelpSavannahwalk.

The swan rocker is made from 1/2 inch plywood and the seat is made from 3/4 inch pine and painted with acrylic paint. Rocking swan.jpg 
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Oh wow, now that is beautiful! How does it go when rocking, from the photo angle it sort of looks like it may roll right over with an enthusiastic child riding it?

Especially love the paint job too, very elegant looking Swan.
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Really nice job Ceefa
I really like the paint job.

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Thanks for your comments guys. Woodfather, it rocks really well even with an enthusiastic child in it. Because of the positioning of the seat and the long tail it won't roll over backwards. If the child is really enthusiastic a small wheel can be placed on the inside of the swan just in front of the footrest so if the child goes too far forward, instead of tipping over, the wheel will just move the whole swan forward. I hope that makes sense.

With regards to the paint job Ken, I have an unfair advantage...... I was a sign painter during a part of my working life.  [smile]
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Thanks Ceefa
   Sign painter, well that explains some of your goodness.  Practice and patience must be the rest.
Thanks
Really nice paint job.
Did you spray the Acrylic paint or brush it on?

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Not only does that wheel make sense, it sounds like a fantastic addition. I may have to build an adult sized version :-)
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Ceefa - Great looking rocking swan and of course the painting is also inspiring to me as well as to the members.
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Really like it, looks great and the wheel idea nice.
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Yep!   a wheely nice idea .  Looks great . Douglas
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Ken, The painting is all hand done with a brush. I have never mastered the art of spraying, even from a can. It is something that I must practice as some of your toys I've seen on this site have such a shiny finish and look beautiful.
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Ceefa

If I could paint with a brush as well as you do, I would not be to concerned about how good I could spray paint.
You do really well.

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