We began making rocking horses in 1985 whilst travelling the English canal system in ‘Heather Bell’, a converted seventy-two foot narrow boat. When the business and sales began to flourish including orders from across Europe, North and South America, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, we abandoned our romantic, nomadic lifestyle and gave our rocking horses a secure footing on land.
Set in the heart of the Shropshire countryside – and on a quiet, rural arm of the British Waterways canal system – our workshop has not strayed far from its watery beginnings. We are determined to produce only the most exquisite wood sculpture. England has always been renowned for its carving tradition and we are very proud of the timeless skills of the small team of artist-craftsmen who produce our beautiful horses.
While the tradition of a rocking horse is no lost art, it is a sad fact that the beauty, grace and friendliness is lacking in many present day reproductions. As you will see from our web site our rocking horses combine all these qualities and in particular our rocking horses exude a friendly warmth which is very much commented on by our customers. This beauty and elegance is achieved in part by our artist who insists on hand painting every horse. Real horse hair is used for both mane and tail. Such beautiful horses deserve the best tack and therefore we employ a master saddler from the UK town of Walsall, famous for its saddlery.