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ASHLAND - With some wood, sand paper and paint, an Ashland man has made hundreds of miniature horses out of the basement of his home.Joe Schiavone’s hobby of making miniature rocking horses was inspired by his son's normal-sized rocking horse.
"I was like oh I'd like to make little miniature ones,” said Schiavone. “Wouldn't that be cute sitting on someone's shelf or anything."
Every horse takes him about three days to make.
First he cuts them out and then then sands and smooths all the grooves and sharp edges.
"See how nice and round it's getting so far,” said Schiavone.
Finally he paints them any color and design.
"These are my paints that I use,” said Schiavone. “Craft paint and there's gloss enamel."
When all the work is done,” said Schiavone sells or donates the horses.
"I wanna go to the hospital where you know like the cancer kids and stuff and I'd like to make a few for them and just give them out here and there,” said Schiavone.
Now he is advancing his passion even more.
Schiavone’s starting to offer a new shape, an edgier stallion horse.
"I'm thinking of changing it to this,” said Schiavone. “But I'll always keep this one cause these are like cuter."
You can place an order for one of Schiavone’s rocking horses on his Facebook page.
He also sells kits so you can put your own horse together.