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Applejack Charity Rocking Horse by xofox Applejack Charity Rocking Horse by xofox
<soapbox>Hi everyone.
So here in about a month and a half I'll be using this rocking horse and, if I can swing it, a sister piece as prizes in a charity auction or some-such contest. All proceeds will go to a young lady named Sunshine, who I met in the Yunnan province during a recent trip with a non-profit medical organization. She's currently paying for heart operations and post-op treatment.
I know it's a ways away at the moment, and I know that there are an enormous number of other extremely worthy causes that deserve your money too, but please consider making a donation when the time comes, and know that it will be for a good cause.
More on this event as it arrives.
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PS: A cheap hat will be included in the prize. It just wouldn't stay on for pictures.


Wow. This ended up being much more interesting than I imagined. It wasn't exactly difficult, but it was entirely different from anything I've done to date. I had to learn some entirely new tools and I have been reinforced in my opinion that I need to learn to paint. The paint job on this is not stellar. I'll try to do better next time. (I'm thinking Rainbow Dash just to see if I can manage wings and because :iconlittletiger488: is the coolest girl I know. It also took at least 40 solid hours of work, and I've been doing nothing else every day since Saturday, so I am really enormously sorry, but I'm behind on my self-deadlines and probably will only finish one more piece before I ship off. :|

I'll see if I can improve the smoothness of the rockers for the next one, but this piece still has a pretty good motion to it. I had to freehand the curve because it was too shallow to take a compass or pencil-on-string method. Also, for those interested, that yarn is the softest I could find; it's like touching a cloud.
Also thanks to my siblings for modeling the pony, my sister is 5'3" and my brother is 4'9" to give you a sense of size. And it can safely hold at least 140lbs, which is to say, me, although I didn't rock very hard on her.

Want to see more of this piece? Check out the quite extensive work in progress gallery and equally expansive finished galley at My Little Woodcraft.

Applejack and My Little Pony belong to Hasbro.
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:iconjohannchristopherg9:
johannchristopherg9 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Artist
If you have a little sister or daughter, dress her as Applebloom so you she can ride.
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CHOTTAPRIDE Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
where's applebloom
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:icontheharley:
TheHarley Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh my god... My little sister has a rocking horse that she LOVES and she adores Applejack...I can't even imagine how excited she would be to see this. Such an awesome idea!
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xofox Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
Thanks, I'm glad you like it. Say hi to your sis for me!
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DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
At first I thought it was an ok little sculpture.
Then I looked at the rest of the photos and realized its size.
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JosD Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
how many youre gonna make
i doubt you could make the main 6
because it would be hard right??
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If I use my wood correctly then I should make three, this one, the Fluttershy I'll start tomorrow, and a Zecora, which I'll draw out to check for feasibility and possibly start tomorrow as well.
I'd love to make all six, I really would. And probably I could manage if that was my goal, they aren't actually very difficult to make compared to one or two figurines I've done, but no. They're too big and bulky to ship really.
As it is, in the charity auction they actually have to sell for at least several hundred dollars apiece, otherwise I can't even get them in the mail, which I can't afford to do out of pocket. And although bronies do love to spend lots of money on pony stuff I have no idea if they'll earn that, in which case I have no idea what I'll do.
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SaijeeHiguchi Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY GOD YES!!!!
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconlawooplz:
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:iconcoldcalzone:
ColdCalzone Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh man so many questions now

What did you use for the Filler next to the pegs?
What is there in between the legs and the body to give it that angled look and keep it form falling apart?
On your other sculptures, what variety of chisels do you use, or is there some other tool?
And praise the gods, a woodworker who actively uses a Dozuki saw! How many TPI?

It's good to know a fellow woodworking Brony~
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xofox Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the slow reply. Internet has been scarce of late. You know how it is.
The filler is just a normal wood glue, but the pegs are sized pretty well, so it seems to have worked. I considered going with Gorilla glue for its expanding properties, but eventually decided against it because I don't like the way it sets.
There actually isn't anything between the legs and the body, but the upper portion of the legs are cut at about a 10 degree angle so they meet the body at a flat angle that I glued.There's about a 10-15in^2 surface on the hind legs and a 10ish in^2 surface on the forelegs that met at a flat point, so along with the pegs it seems to hold up pretty well, although I was nervous the first time I sat on it.
Most of my figurines have been done with rotary tools, but when I do use chisels I favor the gouge, usually 1/8-1/2 inch with a fairly deep blade. Anything too big or too shallow I have trouble controlling. (And boy could I have used a gouge this week. I'm regretting leaving them behind.)
As for the saw, I actually have no idea what the TPI is. I'm not near the workshop at the moment unfortunately and I didn't actually buy it so I'm not sure.

It's good to know a woodworking brony on my end too! :D
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:iconcoldcalzone:
ColdCalzone Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
For filler on ANY wood, you can use and collect some sawdust or shavings, and mix them with a 1:1 proportion of wood glue to sawdust to form a paste that works as filler. After the filler is applied, you can take a small amount of sawdust of whatever wood it is and sprinkle it on top to serve as a topcoat so the glue doesn't show, then just blow off the remaining sawdust that didn't stick~

When it comes to painting, try using BONDO for the holes and small gaps. I used it all over the bed I made. Works great as a filler on painting wood projects~

Not to be lecturing or anything, I know how capable you are, and that's evident in your work~
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I got some wood filler to work with before the painting; originally there were some defects in the wood and a couple of spots where I just messed it up and left holes that needed filling. Can't remembere what type though. I'll try out BONDO on the next one.

ANd I will try the filler mix next time; I needed some more substantial filler probably.

K, hogging the internet, gotta go or it'd be a longer reply. Thanks bunches!
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Negau-chan Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
>PS: A cheap hat will be included in the prize. It just wouldn't stay on for pictures.

Just a suggestion, you could try securing it to AJ so it doesn't fall off? o w o

This is really cool though, and it's good of you to do a charity auction. I would totally donate if I had any money, but I'm completely broke. Q A Q
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SalyutSddW Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
That's so cool! Very awesome of you to do a charity auction. I hope it goes well and you get to make both Sunshine and the winners happy!
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I hope it goes well too; she's a really sweet girl. :D
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dumbledorkus-x Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
I WILL GIVE YOU ALL MY ORGANS AND MY FIRST BORN CHILD FOR A BIG ONE.

That's awesome. Good luck with the auction
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, thanks. Just out of interest, how big is a big one? (though I have no interest in accepting organs as payment at this time ;P)
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dumbledorkus-x Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Hmm, not sure. Big enough for an adult person to sit on? But then your sister is normal sized and she almost fits on it. Hmmm....
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zebrapoe Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool! Great!
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconlivingpixel:
Livingpixel Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Some kid's childhood will get 20% cooler if he/she gets this.
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thanks :)
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:iconlivingpixel:
Livingpixel Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ach joh geen probleem.
Dit kan je niet lezen.
Dat vindt ik leuk.
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm...Dutch? It's not German, I think.
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:iconlivingpixel:
Livingpixel Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eeyup!
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thatrevmans Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that is beautiful. nice work!
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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thatrevmans Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome
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Trnkmnky Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
That's gonna bring a happy face to some child!
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope so! :D
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Fundz64 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
coolioes Mikey! Great work on the AJ-rocker..
now all we need now is a 'Sitting Lyra' bench! :iconbadumtssplz:
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And now I have a sudden urge to make a Lyra rocking chair where you sit in her lap and her arms are the armrests. But it seems super creepy when I picture it in my mind. =P
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Faehl Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it needs to be done...
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Faehl Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm really impressed. She is adorable and the whole form of it looks pretty great! The progress pics of how this came together are very fun and interesting to follow as well. I've never seen a rocking horse being made before and it got me wondering at what other kinds of wooden crafts and toys could be made... :)

Wings seem like they'd be a challenge to manage, I'm really curious to see how you'll work them out.
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm really curious as to how I'll work it out, although I sat down and thought about it for a while yesterday and had a couple of fun ideas.
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rhubarb-leaf Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
First time I see something like this, great idea:D
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THanks, glad you like it. :D
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FickleMetal Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
If I were a parent, I would not hesitate to get this for my child. No questions asked.
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like her. :D
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PoomXP Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
oh.. wow just wow srsly. im speechless right now.
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Glad you like her. She was lots of fun to work on. :D
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Geeligans-i-Land Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like everyone wants to "ride" AJ :iconmustacheplz:
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Badum-tss!
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bettylane Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
my daughter would die to have something like this! wonderful work!! :nuu:
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thanks! I'm glad you like her. :D
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AdorableRD97 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Finallllllllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!! It's about time this has been done!!!!!! More then 5 stars. I wish I had this...*Cries*
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have been fairly surprised that nobody else had tried it before me. I'm glad you like her! :D
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AdorableRD97 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess not that much bronies have that kind of taste of nostalgia and fun. And I don't like her, I love her. <3
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grandmoonma Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
well done
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