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April 22, 2017

classic saddle

Alicia Williams used to ride horses. Now the North Carolina artist designs and builds heirloom-quality rocking horses.

The artist: Grew up in Michigan, where she started riding horses in the fifth grade and won awards for her charcoal horse drawings. After graduating from Houghton College (NY), she worked in the outdoor adventure and education field for six years before taking a job through AmeriCorps with Habitat for Humanity in Durham, NC, as a construction site supervisor for four years. She also took a few woodworking classes, where she built her first rocking horse.

The company: Heartwood Rocking Horses, based in Asheville, started in 2013. The rocking horses, with their expressive eyes and faces, are carved from native woods and reclaimed lumber and sealed with food-safe, non-petroleum oil and a wax finish. Horses often feature adjustable foot pegs, hand holds and a saddle.

What’s popular: Toddler rocking horse ($400) and the classic rocking horse ($1,600 to $1,800).

Other favorites: Stick horses ($45).

Claim to fame: Exhibiting member of the Piedmont Craftsmen since 2015.

 Where to buy: HeartwoodRockingHorses.com.

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