Handcarved Rocking Horses in Dayton, TN
His Idea Crafts, Dayton, Tennessee-based makers of heirloom-quality wooden rocking horses, had been in business two years before getting its first big break.
At the time, owners John and Anna Sprankell couldn’t afford a vacation, so they piled their girls and a few of the hand-crafted horses into the car and headed for Gatlinburg, promising the girls that if they sold one horse, they’d get a hotel room and stay overnight. Well, they sold all the horses they had and took orders for 20 more. From there, business took off at a gallop.
That was 20 years ago. To date, the Sprankells have built more than 24,000 rocking horses, and these beautiful, handcrafted horses have been featured on QVC and Tennessee Crossroads.
The unique rocking horses are sold in multiple retail outlets throughout the state and on the Internet, and have been shipped to all 50 states and 16 countries.
John Sprankell is quick to give God the credit. “It was ‘His’ idea,” he says. See “His” horses at www.allhishorses.com.