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14 June 2006

Horse Carver

Go to Hobart to meet a woman who loves to carve.


ANN LOVELL, SCULPTOR: My day job is working with children. I'm a kindergarten teacher assistant. But I got into this rocking-horse-making business because I had a love of horses. It took me five years to complete that first horse and I gave it to my daughter on her first birthday.

AIRLIE WARD: Zoe is now 10 and still rides her first birthday present.

The first rocking horse is made from kauri, before Ann Lovell moved to Tasmania and discovered the joys of Huon pine.

ANN LOVELL: All the rocking horses are modelled on my original pony. His name was Gypsy. I had him for about 28 years. The difference between my rocking horse and the traditional rocking horse is that I carve the mane, tail, bridle and saddle and even the bit in the mouth and generally the traditional rocking horse has a hair mane and tail and a leather saddle. The reason I did that was because the grain is so beautiful and I wanted to not paint the horse and, secondly, if you come across an old rocking horse it's usually missing parts of the mane, tail, bridle and saddle.

AIRLIE WARD: The off-cuts have lead to another business - carved classic sports cars.

ANN LOVELL: People who can't purchase a little model of their own car will, if it's rare, come to us and we can make exactly what they want. They send us photos and photos of themselves and we can actually put a little caricature of themselves in it.

We sell our cars all over the world and we can't keep up with the demand. I would like eventually stop the day job and concentrate on carving. That is my aim.

AIRLIE WARD: Thanks to the internet, these carved off-cuts have gone all over the world.

ANN LOVELL: We got an email to do a little open-wheeler racing car for the Formula One team Renault for a fellow who's retiring, so we're presently doing a little trophy for him.

AIRLIE WARD: And the sister of Crown Princess Mary of Denmark discovered the perfect christening gift for her godson.

ANN LOVELL: Princess Mary's sister Jane just happened to be shopping in Salamanca and purchased a little Ferrari.

AIRLIE WARD: Pretty good thing to put on the CV though, isn't it?

ANN LOVELL: Oh yes, I was going to say, you can curtsey to me now. By appointment!

You'd better not put that in!


story notes

took
Took is the past tense of the irregular verb take. Follow the link below to find out more and to listen to some examples.
more information: take

gave
Gave is the past tense of the irregular verb give. Follow the link below to find out more and to listen to some examples.
more information: give

kauri
Kauri is a type of pine tree native to Australia.

Huon pine
Huon pines are an ancient type of pine tree. They are very slow growing, and they live a very long time. It is illegal to chop down Huon pines in Tasmania, but the wood that falls off the trees is used for carving. Itís a very popular wood with carvers.


off-cuts
Off-cuts are the bits cut off something.

classic sports cars
Sports cars are cars very fast, sleek, low cars, designed for 2 people.

Classic sports cars means older style sports-cars, not newer, more modern ones.

keep up with
To keep up with something is to remain on schedule and not fall behind.

demand
The demand means the desire to buy something. There are people all over the world who want to buy the cars, and Ann canít make them quickly enough.

day job
main job

aim
the thing she is working towards

gone
Gone is the past participle of the irregular verb go. Follow the link below to find out more.
more information: go

who's
Who's is the contracted form of who is. Follow the link below to discover what whose is.
more information: whose & who's

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
The Crown Princess Mary of Denmark is the wife of the Crown Prince. She is an Australian who married into the Danish royal family. One day, she will be the Queen of Denmark.


christening gift
A christening gift is a gift given to a child on their christening, the occasion when a child officially receives their name and becomes part of the Christian church.


curtsey
A curtsey is a bow done by women. Itís something done in the presence of royalty, to show respect.