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I call this piece “Dash Away”. I completed it several years ago (Those figures searching at the windows are similes of my wife and me, our hair is much more grey now) and it comes out every Christmas. It sits on an antique table atop a brightly colored Christmas runner surrounded by evergreen boughs and holly berries. It makes quite an attractive and charming focal point.

The house is a stylization of our first (always a favorite). In my first version of "Dash Away", the reindeer rocked atop a large Santa Sleigh. It came complete with a patchwork lap quilt, open world atlas on the dashboard book holder (less Santa lose his way), large bag of toys (with the requisite doll and sailboat) and cheerful red bowed wreaths on each side. Just so there was no mistaking whose sleigh this was, there was a dimensional portrait of the jolly old elf himself on the front (a version of a sleigh hood ornament if you will). I created the house base after revisiting a Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover. It celebrated a man getting his first TV and showed an installer hanging precariously out a window adjusting the antenna. Something clicked and I made the house.

You could have your own version of this “Night before Christmas” scene with yourselves immortalized at the windows. I could customize something for you if you sent some photos (and allowed for some artistic license) and some details in regard to your house. While I feel the house is a more substantial base for the deer, you could choose to have the sleigh if you prefer. This would be a lengthy project but I would keep you updated. Depending on the details, the price could vary,(most likely DOWNWARD, as this price reflects the complicated nature of this house) we could set parameters at the outset.

My Christmas House with rocking reindeer (and jingle bells that “chink” as he rocks) stands 36” tall to the tip of his antlers and is 11.5” wide at the base of the house. The deer is 34” from fore hooves to rear. As always, my “Rocking R” brand is burned into the underside of the house.

Dash Away (Installments Gladly Accepted)


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  • Materials: birch plywood, bala, pine, modeling compound, illustration board, metal, leather, various paints, pollyacrylic satin finish
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