Friday, March 20, 2015

Yet another name sign for a horse.

We have had the newest horse for almost three quarter of a year now, and I have to admit that I have never taken the time to make a decent name sign for him. He too deserves a nice sign to hang outside his box in the stable, so visitors can see that he is a cherished member of our family on line with the other horses.

I will use my standard method of a hobby knife aided by my cheap linoleum cutting gouges.
His full name is Forum's Bernie, but I'll just make a sign saying Bernie.

He is not a pure bred horse, but something called: Danish Warmblood. It is a breeding federation where all kinds of horses and breeds are accepted, as long as they are warm blooded horses. So you can mix other warmblooded horses that you might like, and get the foal listed in this register. The main idea is to make a ride-able horse with fine qualities in various situations (as far as I have understood)

As far as I remember, some of his pedigree is Hannoveran and Trakehner, but there is also some Danish Warmblood in the lines too.
It is a very popular breed of horses in Denmark, and they are doing all right in various International competitions, with dressage as the main focus as far as I have been able to tell.

Danish Warmblood has got their own logo which is pretty simple to carve. It is a crown with a wavy line beneath it.

All I have to do now is to pull myself together and start the project by finding a suitable piece of wood and plane it flat. Well, maybe tomorrow will be the starting day for that.

Logo of Danish Warmblood horses


  1. There is a photo of Bernie on my blog:

    I seem to remember that Bernie's nickname was 'Bent.'

    1. You are absolutely correct about his nickname being Bent.
      But I'll still put Bernie on the name sign.
      The old mare is named La Loire, but is called Lalo, but I made a La Loire sign for her, so I guess that Bent deserves the same (not that I think he cares)

      Those are beautiful pictures of a great event, I have forgotten that the weather was that nice.

      We definitely have to make another build something gettogether event again.


    2. I noticed while reading some of those posts today, that a few of the antique stick chairs I found photos of have seats made from solid planks of sycamore.


    3. Are we potentially looking at a Danish chair building extravaganza part 2?
      Now featuring sycamore and whitebeam blanks.
      We can probably borrow some workbenches from Olav again, and then we are good to go.
      But I think I am in the market for a Rorkhee chair.
      Elm, whitebeam or sycamore makes no difference to me.

      Cheers Jonas

    4. Sounds like a plan to me! Whitebeam, and sycamore chairs would be a great plan!

      I think you should build your Roorkee at sea. If you were careful, all the rough parts would fit in a carry on, and you could sit in it during a fleet action.

  2. I once saw a television show where there was a horse bred in Europe during the middle ages meant for long travels. The horse had a gait which made the ride very smooth and made the riders much more comfortable over long distances. I am guessing it is still around, but I cannot for the life of me remember the name. I thought that maybe you would be familiar with it, however.

    1. Hi Bill

      My best guess would be that you have seen something about the Icelandic horse.
      They have a rather special gait which is very smooth.

      The gait has later been bred into another race as well, in order to get some slightly large horses.
      This other breed is the Aegidienberger.
      The Aegidienberger breed was started in the 70'ies as a cross breed between the Icelandic horse and the Paso Peruano, so that is a fairly modern breed.
      The Paso Peruano originates from the Spanish Conquistadors in the 16th century, so they are also a bit newer that the middle ages. These horses are somtimes referred to as a champagne ride because you feel like you can ride without spilling a glas of champagne.