Check out this rearing driftwood-style horse sculpture made entirely from reclaimed/dead wood found in a Canadian forest/prairie

  • The original idea for this horse sculpture came from seeing popular beach driftwood sculptures that are common around coastal areas
  • Since there were no beaches nearby, a collection of sticks, stumps and branches were use to improvise this driftwood-style sculpture
  • A CNC router machine was used to make a frame for the horse to help with the positioning and proportions of the horse’s stance
Here’s my first attempt at a “driftwood” rearing horse sculpture (actually more like reclaimed wood). I used the CNC machine to help me cut out patterns to help guide and speed up the process.

    Step 1: Choose Your Design

    The way that you process your initial design is optional and can vary. You can use existing images on the web for inspiration or you can eyeball the design/shape manually from scratch.

    A quick Google search for “driftwood horse sculpture” will yield all kinds of designs and animal figures that you can use for reference.

    Driftwood Horse Sculpture - Step 1: Choose Your Design

    An image search for “driftwood horse sculpture”. You can search for any type of animal.

    In this case, I decided that I liked the rearing horse stance the best. For a simplified silhouette of the desired stance, I did a Google image search for “rearing horse coloring”. This search yielded image results that were black and white and meant for coloring in.

    Driftwood Horse Sculpture - Step 1: Choose Your Outline

    A quick Google image search for “rearing horse coloring”.

    When I found an image with proportions that I liked, I converted the image to a vector and modified it for cutting out on the CNC machine.

    Driftwood Horse Sculpture - Step 1: Create Your Vectors

    Here’s an example of some vectors that were created from the original sketch.

    You can download these above vectors in the links below. There is both an Adobe PDF version and an Illustrator version depending on what programs you use:


    On the left you see a simulated CNC cut, and on the right the actual pattern is shown cut into the sacrificial wood.

    The next step will detail assembling all of these wood cut outs into a “skeleton” frame of the horse.

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    hi guys :). I am looking for help for me and my girl. i am from France

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