Wooden toy range popular at Cockington Court Craft Studios

20th January 2014

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Whether its tractors or push along horses, Cockington Rocking Horses can’t make its range of wooden toys fast enough.

Run by Jack Bowman, Cockington Rocking Horses – based at the Cockington Court Craft Centre – had its busiest year ever in 2013 and is looking forward to what 2014 brings.

“2013 was a very busy year,” said Jack. “We haven’t stopped with our wooden toys, restoring rocking horses and making new ones. Going into 2014, it’s looking very good. We’re starting to be known and have many people approaching us for our toys and rocking horses.

“We can burn names onto the toys and this is especially popular with people queuing up wanting to have their toys personalised. It’s really satisfying.”

And he explained that Sarah Hodge is developing the natural wood toy range, gradually adding more animals and other items such as tractors and lorries. Sarah is also being trained up to help restore and make rocking horses. One of the latest projects Jack and Sarah are working on is the restoration of a Cleveland Bay, an historic breed of English horse.

As well as being a member of the prestigious Guild of Rocking Horse Makers, Cockington Rocking Horses is also a member of the British Toymakers Guild and has just been voted onto the committee where Jack is now instrumental in helping to improve the quality of members’ work and also is helping to set up a health and safety advice line.

“Being a member of the guilds shows that our work is up to a certain standard,” said Jack. “2014 should be another good year.”

Jack praised Cockington Court Craft Studios as a great place to be based.

“It’s very special here,” he said. “I love it.”

Marissa Wakefield, Cockington Court Centre Director, added: “Personalised toys are very popular as gifts and Cockington Rocking Horses’ toys are especially popular with the public. 

“It’s great to see the range of toys expanding and developing and I look forward to seeing what Jack and Sarah come up with next.”

Cockington Court Craft Centre is run by Torbay Development Agency as a visitor attraction and innovation centre to support small creative businesses in the Bay. For more information visit: www.cockingtoncourt.org

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