Sometimes I make typical model horse dolls. Western pleasure, Hunt seat, casual dolls of several kinds. But sometimes I get asked to make more unusual dolls. These are a couple of them. Jennifer sent me a ton of reference for this pair of sleigh dolls from the Netherlands. I tried to get in all of the little details, or at least as close as I could manage.Strangely, I discovered that it was the lady's top shawl that was the hardest thing to make! But I managed it, and while it is not an exact duplicate, I think she at least looks warm. The "wooden" shoes the man is wearing are not even sort of made of wood. But careful foot shaping, some really flexible leather, paint and clear nail polish and I think I faked it pretty well.
This pair was definitely different from most of the dolls I typically make. I can't wait to see their whole setup all put together!