Here is the Rocking Horse I just finished for my Granddaughter. The Body is 8/4 Mahogany (the Tail is 4/4), the Mane & Tail trim is Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry), the Saddle is Butternut, the Handles are Quilted Maple, the Eyes are Holly & Curupay & Brazilian Ebony, the Bridle & Saddle Strap inlays are Kentucky Coffee, the Rockers are Hard Maple with Mahogany plugs.
The finish is my own variation on something I read about once. (Note: all measurements are by volume) I melted 2 parts Bees Wax and 1 part Carnuba Wax. I put the Wax in a Mason Jar and them put the jar in boiling water. Then, while still in the water, I slowly added 3 parts Boiled Linseed Oil. Once that was in and everything was uniformly mixed, I slowly added 3 parts Odorless Mineral Spirits (Note: I have a solid surface cooktop, don't attempt indoors over an open flame). When cooled it solidified, but instantly melts from the heat of your fingers or the friction of applying it. After it set back up, I buffed it with a "Waxing Brush"
These pictures show the horse as prepped for shipping to Denver. I've used 2x4 material to brace the legs.
I will add pictures after Christmas showing completely assembled horse with Granddaughter.
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