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    Default My carriages in progress

    I've been enjoying this forum a lot! I love driving, myself, have taught my horses to drive, and am currently teaching a friend and her horse to drive. Long ago, I made a few carts and harnesses and just had tons of fun with them. Driving horses is a fantastic sport, either in real life or in the model world!

    Recently, I got bit by the bug to build some more carts, and maybe even some harnesses to go with them. We'll see...it's a lot of tiny buckles... Anyway, as I have trouble being patient enough for wood glue to dry, I thought starting a handful of them all together would help! One can dry a little bit while I move onto the next one, et cetera. It's working out pretty well, and I just wanted to share my progress! I'm pretty pleased so far with how they're doing.

    Here's my very cluttered floor set-up with four carts in progress...a road cart type, pony cart (sized for Merrylegs), an easy-entry type, and an itty bitty stablemate cart! (That blue guy there is Jake Sully; he's helping me size things properly.)
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    A close-up of the little cart, here. I think Django would look smashing in harness!

    Also...wheels!! Always the most exciting part, to me. They really make the cart.
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    Finally, (for now, at least!), here's one my old carts and a harness I made a long time ago, modified a little bit over the years. Still looks decent! This young girl might have to take her horse out driving outside once the weather starts to warm up a bit. Thanks for letting me share! I hope to post updates as the carts come along.
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    They are lovely! Please keep posting updates and photos!

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    These are awesome!
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    Wow those are super nice! Do you make your own harness too? Love that SM size.

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    Thanks everyone!! I do make my own harnesses, too. I'll certainly keep the thread updated!

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    Those are amazing!

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    Very nice carts! I love that you got curved shafts on your larger driving cart. That takes technique. Please keep sharing your photos for us to drool over!
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    These are amazing! I'm looking forward to seeing more photos!

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    Very nice!
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    These are great - well done
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    WOW!! Really, really nice!!

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    Thank you!! All the shafts are curved, but it's hard to see on the pony cart...my technique still seems to let them straighten out a bit once I take them out of their "form". I've been looking into it and I might see if I can steam them...that's supposed to help the wood keep its shape much better. We'll see!

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    They are beautiful

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    Made some more progress today! Got some hardware added! (Seat attachments and rein rails) My paint can jammed on the only decent day we've had in awhile, grrr, but we're supposed to have some nicer temps again next week. I also remade the easy-entry cart entirely, so it's much nicer now. I was experimenting with adjustable shafts, but it didn't work out so well. Ah, well!
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    They are all very nice, but i am particularly drawn to the first one.

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    I don't know how I missed this thread before today but these are beautiful carts!

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    These are amazing!
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    Oh wow those are really awesome

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