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I made my first rocking horse years ago after my son found so much enjoyment on a simple one in a doctor’s waiting room. “I could make that” I thought.

After giving it some thought, far too much, I went to work. Simple mine was not. It was a full bodied animal that stood four feet tall from floor to ears that my wife had to lift the boys onto and then hold them as they rode. They loved it. My wife, not so much. Back I went and created something with the body right on the rockers, the seat less than two feet off the floor. The kids mounted and rocked away on their own. They loved it even more and so did Bonnie. A rocking rhino and lion soon followed. All four are still with us today.

Years later, inspired by those beautiful Victorian rockers and marvelous carousel animals, I determined to put my own take on the genre. I began where I had left off, with large…

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  • Born on November 8
  • Joined December 28, 2009

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Birch plywood, clear pine, leather, metal ornaments, fabrics and idea generating reference books

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RiesingsRockers
A menagerie of animated animal art

About

I made my first rocking horse years ago after my son found so much enjoyment on a simple one in a doctor’s waiting room. “I could make that” I thought.

After giving it some thought, far too much, I went to work. Simple mine was not. It was a full bodied animal that stood four feet tall from floor to ears that my wife had to lift the boys onto and then hold them as they rode. They loved it. My wife, not so much. Back I went and created something with the body right on the rockers, the seat less than two feet off the floor. The kids mounted and rocked away on their own. They loved it even more and so did Bonnie. A rocking rhino and lion soon followed. All four are still with us today.

Years later, inspired by those beautiful Victorian rockers and marvelous carousel animals, I determined to put my own take on the genre. I began where I had left off, with large rideable rockers, but after a series of downsizes, arrived where I am today. Today, though my pieces vary in size, all are art objects which will sit on a shelf, ledge, table, cabinet or bookcase top and lend color, charm and a bit of whimsy to a room.

My animals are constructs not carvings. They are assembled using various woods, cardboard and modeling material. When their bodies are finished, they are painted and adorned with leather, fabrics, ribbon, metal, vinyl, sisal or whatever is needed to achieve the desired effect. Each animal is researched, and in the case of the horses, tack and accouterments are accurate to the era portrayed. Many pieces include related companion objects as I try to tell a story relating to the main animal.

Each of my animals is unique; entirely hand crafted by me, and carries my “Rocking R” brand burned into the wood. Each of my animals is animated, either by traditional rockers, on ball bearing bodies that rock on a fixed base or platforms that rock inside a fixed base.

I hope you enjoy looking through my menagerie and find something that brings a smile or perhaps reminds you of a time when you had a horse that rocked.

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