Individual rocking horses emerge in Pinchbeck workshop

Nick Parkman at work on a rocking horse. Photo: SG210317-104TW
Nick Parkman at work on a rocking horse. Photo: SG210317-104TW
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Nick Parkman will make any item of furniture on commission and will take on repairs, working with a variety of wood.

He has also returned to his toy-making by producing handmade rocking horses, either on safety swinger rockers or on traditional bows.

The horses are made with blocks of wood, their shape and features carved by hand, before Nick finishes them with paint and accessories.

Each horse is individual, and Nick says: “You can never make the same horse twice. You can make them look similar, but not identical because you never know how the carving is going to go.

“I think you do get a sense of the individual horse emerging. It tends not to be when you are carving the face, but when you put the eyes in, that’s when you start looking at it as an individual.”

Horses so far have been based on the popular dappled greys, although Nick is going to produce a few Palermo horses, in browns and beige.

Horses will be exhibited at craft fairs and also sold through the Facebook page. Nick is also setting up a website that should be live before too long.