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ANTHONY DEW

Toymaker & writer



Written 6½ books, mostly about making & restoring rocking-horses. Latest: The Complete Rocking-Horse Maker - 2nd edition, fully revised; AND Making It with Rocking-Horses - an intimate memoir. SEE NEWS.


Articles in woodworking, marine and aviation magazines, stories (long & short, poems.


Loves making things (from marmalade to a house) but especially toys (for both children and adults); flies; lives in sunny Yorkshire with his new/old wife.


Please Note: Website is now being updated! (Oct 21)

About Anthony Dew


Left home & school at 15; walked away to sea; survived storms, groundings, arrest by Red Guards, going adrift in Panama; back in England bought leaky old sailing boat to sail round the world; got as far as Southampton.


Turned down for dishwasher’s job in a greasy-spoon cafe (a career low); went to college to study Maths; switched to Art; took up woodcarving.


Worked as joiner, metalwork teacher, seaman (again), postman, woodwork teacher. Finally,  rocking-horse designer, maker & restorer (which stuck).