Sam Glass has been making rocking horses since 1988.
He makes bespoke rocking horses with love and care using the patterns designed by him. His horses are things of true beauty yet are built for children (and adults) to play with.
Sam crafts his work on the best of the past, continuing the traditions from the great makers. Sam is the only maker at Sam Glass Rocking Horses, all horses are crafted by him, he is an artisan maker and not a factory.
Sam is retired now due to a change in health.
All horses were painted by hand using brushes and sponges. No modern spray painting or stencils are used. Sometimes the lacquer was sprayed on and the products used were all to modern safety standards. The painting of horses is done using real horses as reference. Just like they were originally done when the streets were powered by horses. Sarah, his wife, assisted with lifting and the painting, she is an artist, designer and crafts-woman in her own right.
Sam has been restoring rocking horses for over 32 years. Many have been over loved, some have been neglected. He brings them back to glory ready to be part of your loving family. Like with a fine painting, the rocking horse will be restored sympathetically. You wouldn't use paint stripper on a work of art, so we don't with restoring horses.
Originality is very important. All his horses, be they created new or restored from old, take many hours as each one is hand crafted in the traditional way; the making of such beautiful objects cannot be rushed.
Visits are welcome but by appointment only. Orders taken for advanced dates only as Sam carries no stock, he is an artisan maker and not a factory. It takes many months to create a rocking horse, his horses are all hand carved with traditional handheld tools.
All leatherwork is bespoke and made by a British artisan maker of rocking horse tack.
Every rocking horse is individually made to your requirements.
Our horses are made to order and to suit your requirements; prices are normally quoted for individual orders for a horse.
Our Rocking Horses are hand carved and made traditionally either on bow rockers or a safety swing stand. They are made from hard wood with a polished finish or painted. All horses are finished to the finest standard, silky smooth to the touch, as each horse is sanded by hand, for many hours, with no humps or bumps, to get the finest smooth finish that only Sam will allow his horses to be.
Polished horses are brought to a fine sheen.
Painted horses, whatever paint colour, all are treated with freshly made Gesso (pronounced jess-o), like all great artworks are. Each painted horse can be painted to your requirement by Sarah or Sam.
Horses can be painted to any requirements, from a realistic image to a favourite pet, traditional dapple or painted flags. Sarah paints in a more realistic style, Appaloosa horses being her favourite to paint.
Safety stands or bow rockers can be waxed, oiled, varnished or painted as you require. Just be aware that to make the best rocking horses means it takes time; the best things cannot be rushed and have to sit around for months for the wood to rest, so please give us time to make your heirloom.
Sam Glass Rocking Horses is not a factory but a unique workshop.
Any horse that hasn't taken a long time in it's process is likely to have been mass produced, Sam Glass Rocking Horses is not a factory but an artisan master craft-man.