Making It with Rocking-Horses by Anthony Dew (book)

Making It with Rocking-Horses by Anthony Dew (book)


The intimate Story!

Almost 50 years ago Anthony Dew set out to revive a near-defunct craft &, together with partner & wife Pat, build a lifestyle enterprise, as designers & makers of wooden rocking-horses, that would be fulfilling, sustainable & profitable.

“A must-read for anyone trying to juggle family, business and creative endeavours.” 
Lara Stafford, Theatre of Science.

This remarkable & personal story of unprecedented success in the face of flood, fire, bureaucratic obstacles, near-death experiences, & tragedy will make you cry, wonder & laugh.

150 pages, over 75 photographs & drawings.

How this was made

By distilling into words (as well as pictures) nearly 50 years as designer, maker & restorer of rocking-horses.


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Suitable for

  • Christmas
  • Father's Day
  • Mother's Day


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Lily - - #37522

A compelling read, telling the story of balancing growing a craft business and pursuing a passion for making, with having a family.
Fascinating insight into the craft of rocking horse making too… a must for any wooden horse lovers!

Jo S - - #37513

A sheer joy to read and so inspirational. I read it in two sessions as putting it down was the difficult thing for me to do.

Joe Schofield, Skywings editor - - #37512

What we have here is a very readable autobiography, tracing Tony’s art school beginnings, his life at sea, his struggle to get his small business gong, the importance of his family, the growth of his rocking horse business - ‘You don’t want to be the best of the best, you just want to be the only one to do what you do.’ Along the way he encounters setbacks, heartbreak, adversity, tragedy, chicanery, and more, but the way he outs these things behind him speaks of an unwavering determination to do things right. Rocking horses can be things of exquisite beauty, craftsmanship and not a little historical interest. His very well written, large format book is poignant, honest, unsparing, and full of insight.

Kate D - - #37511

I found this an interesting and honest account from someone who has faced the challenge of running a traditional craft business whilst raising a family. There are some heartbreaking moments but underlying all a humour that carries the story along. If you are interested in rocking horses, craftsmanship, family businesses, seamanship or paragliding... this will be the book for you!

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