I had a lot of fun with this as you can tell. I
enjoy doing a bit of wood working now and again.. And while not
professional or really good.. I think it turned out rather well!
Check out the gallery for some pictures
of its construction.
The rocker is made of pine, so relatively light
for ease in carrying around. It's fairly strong, I've had three
people on it at once and had no issues. The rocker is made to come
apart quite easily for transporting around.. The top platforms are
held in place with dowels and the brass poles provide stability
held in with just tension. No screws at all! Nor nails!
(Tack, trappings, outfits..)
Originally, I had commissioned BrownLeopard to make
a custom saddle, barding, bridle and such for the suit. Things fell
through and while he promises to do it still.. Its been a year now
and it seems I'm out the money. =( Its a complicated story. Since
BL was or has been unable to deliver.. I ventured into the leather
The first hurdle of buying all the tools proved
painful, but thanks to Ebay, not so bad. Next I had to learn how
to work with the leather and experiment.. Figuring out what I needed.
Wait.. Okay, I can look at tack on a horse. Hmm.
Okay, a saddle is too difficult to make.. But the straps should
be easy enough. Just adapt them to the human body in a fursuit.
So, after visiting my friend Ebay once more, I procured a small
12 inch pony saddle. Yes, I know its western and carousel saddles
should be English.. But darn it, the smallest English saddle really
doesn't fit the human back at all. The western did. (Okay, so it
FELT better, too. Creature comforts and all that.)
After much trying things on and testing different
strap combinations, I finally came up with a design that works and
is fairly practical for running around in and it actually holds
the saddle in place. Nice. Time to decorate now!
First thing was to hack the saddle horn off and
thread in a dowel to allow for interchangeable poles to be screwed
into place. TA-DA, carousel saddle!
Finding a bit proved to be very difficult! With
carousels, everything tends to be brass.. So I naturally had to
follow.. And finding a brass bit. Wow! I never knew it would be
so difficult. I found a Friesian horse dealer who had solid brass
bits (and stirrups!) Pricey, but worth it. Its a gorgeous
bit! I didn't wear the stirrups at MFF04. Mostly because they
were very heavy and I still need to practice getting around with
a pole sticking out of my back. I whapped enough walls as it is.
Fortunately, not many people. (No, I didn't break the glass in the
elevator. ;) )
Bit in place, I designed a bridle to hold it there.
You never realize how difficult something can be until you go to
do it... A bridle on a horse head is easy. You can tighten the straps
down, as they aren't wearing a costume. You can't do this on a fursuit
head; it just bunches the fur up and it looks horrible. Not to mention
you can't take the head on and off. Hence, the bridles you'll see
me wearing are purely decorative for the most part. Only one strap
across the snout holds it in place.
First Set: Metallic
banner and rhinestone gems
This was the
first set I designed. It's not my favorite, though some really
like it. I just think it doesn't hang well. Designing tack for two
poses is troublesome. Something that hangs well when standing on
two legs necessarily won't hang well at all when on all fours. It's
certainly colorful, and shiny, though! The banners are actually
metallic leather, all the fasteners are solid brass. Almost all
the gems are plastic. Weight concerns and costs. Glass would cost
just an enormous amount. There are, however, cubic zircon gems in
featured places. Three 25mm gems on the bridle across the forehead
and one 50mm gem for the breast center ring. Wow, shiny!
Second Set: Loop
channels and rhinestone gems
I LOVE this
set! Oh my goodness! The question, if you know me.. Is how far
is too far? Here I thought I had stopped just short of going too
far. Surprisingly, I was told it's not even close yet! (Then the
question is, can I top it?) This set of barding features a harmony
of colors, mostly clear, blue, and amethyst. It sort of has an Egyptian
look to it. Hmm. Did the Egyptians have carousels? There are over
800 gems, or shinies on this set of tack. My paws were a bit sore
after soldering and ringing everything together! I truly love how
it came out. The color scheme, the arrangement and the way the channels
hang. When on all fours, the flank strap looks great, and when standing
on two legs, it sort of becomes a nice skirt. Very much designed
to swing and flow when walking and on the rocker rocking.
Third Set: Sleigh
(Will this ever end?)
is no doubt the noisiest set of tack! I'm sorry there isn't
a good picture showing all the bells. I simply had to have a nice
set of bells to jingle prance around in..So naturally sleigh bells
came to mind. Large, shiny BRASS. Perfect. But holy crap, heavy!
15 sleigh bells in all, numbering from 1 to 15. These are authentic,
purchased from a sleighbell maker for horses even. Loud? My my.
You'd have to be deaf not to hear me coming. Perfect for Christmas!
What's next? Ah, foxes never tell secrets; at least
not easily. While MFF is over and done with, I plan on heading to
AC05 this up coming year and with luck, will be there with the rocker
as well. If you see me, don't be afraid to ask for a ride, or a
Comments? Questions? Suggestions for the next set?
Email me! I'd love to hear from you. firstname.lastname@example.org