True craftsmanship commands your attention. Talent, labour and love are so visually obvious that suddenly price is not so dictating. For me the whole level of appreciation changes when I am looking at something that is beautiful and well made.
At the Glengallan Homestead Spring Market last Sunday, I met Jim Marshall and his hand crafted rocking horses. Jim has been making rocking horses for years. A rocking horse can take anywhere from 90 - 240 hours to complete. For Jim it is a hobby and he makes & sells around 5 a year. His main customers interestingly enough are school teachers starting a family. The dappled grey horse is a best seller due to the resemblance of rocking horses you would find in old illustrated story books.
Every part of the horse is hand crafted and is made with good quality recycled timber, real horse hair and beautifully hand made saddles and stirrups. The attention to detail and perfection is evident. If I had a spare $1,800 this would be on my shopping list.
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