IT'S MINE: New owner Diana Boswell, of the Newcastle suburb of Hamilton, leads her rocking horse away from its makers, the Grafton Men's Shed
IT'S MINE: New owner Diana Boswell, of the Newcastle suburb of Hamilton, leads her rocking horse away from its makers, the Grafton Men's Shed "horseketeers”, Ed Chapman, Denis Nichol and Bruce Sherwood at a lunch at the Men's Shed this week. Tim Howard

Men's Shed work made with love

A DISPLAY in a Grafton shop window created a case of love at first sight for Newcastle woman Diana Boswell.

Ms Boswell was in the Clarence a few weeks ago visiting friends at Pillar Valley when she happened to see the Grafton Men's Shed rocking horse on display in the window of More 4 Men.

"I just fell in love with it straight away,” she said.

The rocking horse was the third the Men's Shed "horseketeers” fashioned from a giant silky oak felled in a Grafton backyard nearly three years ago.

Ms Boswell said there was something about the horse which gave it a special character.

"Wherever you go around it, you always feel it is looking at you,” she said.

Ms Boswell bought the horse for an undisclosed fee, although the Men's Shed sale price is $2000.

When she spotted the horse she immediately thought of her grand-niece Evie Boswell, who lives in Newcastle.

"My father, Arthur, built a rocking horse and it was passed down through the generations, but over time it eventually fell into disrepair,” she said.

"I'm looking to forward to re-establishing that family tradition with this horse.”

On Wednesday, Ms Boswell shared lunch at the Men's Shed headquarters with the horseketeers: Ed Chapman, Denis Nichol and Bruce Sherwood and their mentor, Greg Ryan.

"They were a wonderful bunch of men. They were very informative and had so many great stories to tell,” she said.

"I can tell it was built with love and I can assure them it's going to a home filled with love.”



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