Welcome to Home Craft - Hand Crafted Rocking Horses.
HOME CRAFT has been carving heirloom quality Rocking Horses (RH's) since 1997. These bespoke horses are handmade to order for discerning customers in beautiful hardwoods and are available in a range of sizes suitable for 10 month old tots up to adults of 100 years (subject to the riders weight and fitness). Alternatively, for that urgent present, there are often completed horses in stock. (For details of range of sizes and horses for sale please refer to Prices section; for further photographs of previously made horses please refer to Gallery pages.)
These horses are all child friendly and have safety features incorporated. The faces are carved to create a gentle and friendly smile. The teeth are not highlighted so young children are not frightened. Additional safety features can be added and are recommended. (For details refer to Products and Accessories sections.)
I was delighted to have been invited to display my rocking horses to HRH Princess Royal on 25th April 2012. For further details go to 'News Section'.
YOUR DREAM HORSE: Why not join me in a wonderful adventure to create your dream rocking horse? You may want a fine piece of furniture or a special present for your new grandchild or your own children or your partner. Give me a challenge and with your input into the design we can together create a stunning horse that is tailor made for your family, or for someone special.
Stop Press! Do you have a strong fascination with history? For a limited period I can create your family heirloom in 300 year old walnut from Barnard Castle in County Durham, UK. The tree was planted as a sapling in 1720 (Map verified). First come first served until stock runs out. (Stop Press December 2016: I have enough walnut for only 2 more horses, one large and 1 medium - first come first served). For more details see 'News' section.
I also have enough Brazilian mahogany to make two medium sized horses. The tree was felled in 1900 (circa). Thus approximately 115 years of drying as of January 2017. Rather special & historical. Interested? Give me a ring!
PUBLIC COMMENTS: E mails and letters from people who have seen my creations include...... 'They are beautiful'; 'Wow! These are masterpieces'; '.....I had been looking for the right one (sic: horse) to come along over a period of 10 years. My quest is over!'
'....absolutely stunning and magical'.
'...I am thrilled by your beautiful horses. You are an artist extraordinaire!' (USA )
"I had been researching rocking horses for a long time until
I came across your site and fell in love with your creations immediately" (Italy)
"The horse has gone down a storm. He really is stunning,
incredible workmanship, a true piece of art" (Glasgow)
'We now have 8 grandchildren. Our horse is dearly loved. One of the best investments we ever made!' (Berwick - on -Tweed)
(These comments are all genuine and can be verified. For more details and examples please refer to ''What people say''.)
HOME CRAFT is located in Helensburgh on the shores of the River Clyde estuary and within 10 minutes of Loch Lomond and Scotland's first National Park. Home Craft has been carving rocking horses since 1997 and in this time has built up a reputation for quality, value and customer satisfaction. There are examples of these unique 'rockers' being enjoyed by families throughout Scotland and England. Export orders include Belgium; Bermuda; USA (2) and Canada (4).
THE CRAFTSMAN: My name is Shaun Hoey. Although I went to a grammer school my natural ability lay more with technical and artistic subjects. I excelled in art, engineering drawing and woodwork, rather than the more academic subjects. Perhaps that is why I was a square dowel in a 'O'!
I left school at 16 and completed an apprenticeship as a shipwright working in wood and steel. After obtaining an HNC in Naval Architecture I worked for several years as a design draughtsman, and this was followed by a spell in quality assurance in one of the River Clyde's few remaining shipbuilding yards.
The last phase of my career was as the senior safety advisor in a large industrial complex. Early retirement was taken in 1996 and I started designing and crafting rocking horses in 1997. This was in response to the request of a local lady, (who has since ordered another), and the business then progressed by word of mouth.
I find that in the designing and making of rocking horses I can apply many skills learnt and honed in my 40+ year career. It is a very satisfying and enjoyable experience, especially when customers are delighted with the end product. Yes, I have caught the 'rockers' bug. As of January 2017 I have made 98 rocking horses and restored possibly 33 - from ninety year old horses to a sixty year old carousel horse that literally fell apart in my workshop at the first gentle touch. That 'carousel' was some project!
.......and for the information of the residents of our 'wee toon' community!
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