SERENE SURROUNDS: Debbie and David Sainsbury of Round Yard Rocking Horses enjoy their working view.
SERENE SURROUNDS: Debbie and David Sainsbury of Round Yard Rocking Horses enjoy their working view.

Making rocking horses a passion, not a job

WHEN Debbie and David Sainsbury wake up each morning, they don't see crafting rocking horses as a job, it's a passion.

The two are the hands behind the business Round Yard Rocking Horses, which makes custom-made rocking horses.

What started out as an interesting hobby quickly grew to a popular business, with the pair making 13 horses in their first year.

They enjoy displaying and selling their horses at market days and shows - particularly delighting in seeing people's reactions to the traditional toy.

"You watch people walk past that might be having an average day, but they spot the horses and the change in expression on their faces is unreal," Debbie said.

"Everyone has a story about a rocking horse."

Above is the Sainburys' view while working on the rocking horses.

"There's nothing better than being able to work at something you love and that's making and carving our rocking horses.

"And it's even better to be able to take a break and see our miniature horse Karla, lamb Rose, and our little goat Mo just happily grazing on the grass," David said.

"All in all, it's just a wonderful place to work."

Every day for the next two weeks, The Observer will feature some of Gladstone's best workplaces. Share a photo of your workplace. Email rosie.obrien@gladstoneobserver.com.au.



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