Oak taps and rockers, made to order.

I like doing one-off jobs where people come to me and ask, “Can you make a magic wand.” or “Would you be the right person to see about some hazel poles.” or “I’d like a rather odd rolling pin making for adding texture to clay slabs.”

A while ago a customer provided me with drawings to turn a couple of parts for a rocking horse.  His job was to convert said horse from a sprung frame type into a traditional wooden rocker type.

My job was to turn the parts in green oak separating the rockers at back and front ends, also washers to fit them to the rockers.  This was as high a precision job as I do.  It involved turning them over-size and then reworking them once completely dry so that accurate sizes were achieved.

The finished job appears below – great to get feedback like this.

The same customer came back to me last week with plans for half a dozen beer handles for electric pumps in The Craven Arms, Appletreewick.  This is a stunning old pub, previously featured in these pages (here).  They will replace plastic ones on lager and cider taps.

The taps were made to a free-hand drawing and had to look hand-made, I hope you agree with my customer that they pass muster.

Watch out for another post on this subject after I get a chance to see them installed.  They have brass studs in the top when finished.