Ride that horsey
A BEAUTIFULLY hand-crafted rocking horse, carved from the timber of a silky oak from the heart of Grafton, sits on display in the window of Black Pepper.
It is one of three unique heirloom toys from the same tree and the same plan, made by Grafton's 'horseketeers', three Men's Shed members with a passion and skill for wood carving.
A long process to acquire and prepare the wood has been well-documented by The Daily Examiner, as was the sale of the first finished rocking horse, bought by professional punter Paul Beirne in July.
The second has had pride of place in the Worrell household since being bought by Rodney Worrell for his grandchildren Sebastien and Amelia in the last couple of months.
'Clarence', as it is affectionately known, might have come with a hefty price tag, but to three-year-old Sebastien, the rocking horse is absolutely priceless.
Mum Vicki Worrell said the whole family loved seeing the enjoyment 'Seb' got from riding it.
"We are fortunate to live next door to his grandparents' house, so whenever we go over, he heads straight for it," she said.
"He's just gotten to the height where he can climb up on his own.
"It's just amazing how clever the guys at the Men's Shed are."
Wood carver and Men's Shed member Greg Ryan said he hoped the third rocking horse, which sports white socks, will find its home soon.
It is for sale with a price tag of $2000, with all proceeds to go back to the Grafton Men's Shed, located in the old brewery site.