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Rocking Horse Past Inc

RockingHorse Past Inc

Rocking Horse Past Inc

Doris Dyson

Guelph, Ontario, Canada


Please note: I will be out of the country until Dec 15. Shipping is fast and I have closed much of my shop except for items that can be sent in time for Christmas upon my return. Sometime in the New Year I will be closing my One of a Kind Shop and concentrating on custom work. Please keep my email and feel free to contact for anything you’ve seen or want me to create.

I worked for many years as a University of Guelph professor and veterinary anesthesiologist, but have retired from full time work. I was presented with a "Most Creative Retirement" award from my colleagues for the new career move into woodworking and art. Rocking horses and moose were perfect gifts for animal lovers in my life and now I have time to made them and so much more for others to purchase. Due to my enjoyment in challenges and the need for variety, my work has expanded into both home and garden decor, including furniture. I specialize in incorporating reclaimed and natural elements in most of my home decor.

Rustic, country and cottage styles predominate my work as I find inspiration in my cottage life on Lake Belwood. My crafts and furniture can be beautiful additions to your home interior, deck or garden.

Why We’re One of a Kind

My woodworking and art is unique based on features distinctive in each piece of wood or my desire to always do something a little different. Even the wooden Canada flags take on individual characteristics as the rustic finish is added. The grain and knots in the wood make each a little different. Custom orders for home or garden/deck decor can incorporate colours and designs to suit your interior or blend with the exterior finishes of your home. Unfortunately my larger, heavy items are very difficult to offer on this site (full array of work is found on my website - above). Feel free to contact me about any of these items (click to send a message - above). Delivery can certainly be arranged within 100 km of Guelph, ON.

I enjoyed the experience of being in the 2014 Spring One of a Kind Show, and haven selling online since then. I much prefer making what you personally want rather than rushing to get enough made for a show. This way I can consistently maintain the quality associated with being a One of a Kind artisan.

Primary Materials

Repurposed spindles are commonly found in my crafts (spindle people, candles, flag hangers, drying racks, blackboards). Garden/ deck furniture and accents using rough pine, cedar or pressure treated materials have become a large portion of my effort lately. Many of my creations are inspired by the outdoors, using natural elements like logs. While trying to maintain the character of the wood, I often remove some of my art or paint to reveal knots and grain. This creates the antique appearance found in many items. I also seek to make the items suitable for outdoor use (this is noted in the descriptions). Exterior paint or varnish is occasionally suitable to the desired appearance, but the aged look achieved with Danish oil is my favorite. It is a soft, rubbed finish since it is a combination of linseed oil and varnish, but it is simple and economical to reapply each year to maintain the wood and color of the paint.

Shipping Policy

We ship to Ontario residents only at this time. Typically you should allow 2-4 business days for Canada Post delivery (although many items will arrive in 1 day if you are in certain areas). Remember though that delivery to the Toronto, Hamilton, KW and London areas for large items can be arranged.

We do our best to ensure that the item is packaged well for safe transport. We also have insurance on it if lost or damaged by Canada Post. If you are not satisfied with the item upon receiving, you are welcome to return it for a refund or exchange. Return shipping however is your responsibility.