Horse swing made from recycled aeroplane tyre


18 Responses to “Horse swing made from recycled aeroplane tyre”

  1. Tavie says:

    I figure “aeroplane” is Cory’s Canadian showing – they sometimes favour the English spelling, doncha know…

  2. Anonymous says:

    These are great! You wouldn’t even need a lot of tools, just a utility knife, a crescent wrench and a pair of plyres!


  3. jimh says:

    The “low carbon footprint” statement becomes a little questionable when they are flown across the pond. So, making your own seems like good idea!

  4. rollerskater says:

    i know someone who has one, they really look like S&M/fetish gear, its peculiar.

  5. ianm says:

    #8 posted by Tavie Author Profile Page, November 18, 2007 5:24 PM

    I figure “aeroplane” is Cory’s Canadian showing – they sometimes favour the English spelling, doncha know…

    No, in Canada its just airplane. And we certainly do not spell tire as ‘tyre.’ I am not sure if this is someone’s who uses odd spelling for its own sake or they were just trained in 19th century British English.

    (Also, the portion that contains the world ‘aeroplane’ was not written by Cory, but from the ad by the makers of the product – hence the quotation marks surrounding it – a frequent tipoff that the text comes from a different author)

    Canadians are proud of our spelling, we use it with honoUr, but we do not say aeroplane, tyre, aluminIum, or lift.

  6. JY Yang says:

    I am not sure if this is someone’s who uses odd spelling for its own sake or they were just trained in 19th century British English.

    I am somebody who uses ‘aeroplane’, ‘tyre’, ‘aluminium’ and ‘lift’ all the time, but the fact that I’ve been trained in 19th century British English is news to me, as it would be to the majority of my fellow countrymen. Apparently, we’ve been stuck in a 200-year time warp without knowing it! The wonder!

  7. kcdc2003 says:

    For anyone interested, there is a shop here in Branson,MO that sells these, I’ll get a price check later today…

  8. BubbleDragon says:

    You can make your own with a sharp knife, some bolts and any tire that doesn’t have a steel belt. (I’ve heard go karts or camper tires, etc are like this.) Several people sell patterns, but here’s one that was put together for free:

  9. Arisma says:

    They have something very similar outside the Vermont Country Store near me. I’m not sure if they sell them but they have a pair outside for the younglings to play with and they’re always very very popular.

  10. shokk says:

    A vendor at the Penn State University Arts Festival used to sell some really nice horse swings each made from multiple tires.

  11. gollux says:

    I’ve seen similar patterns made out here in Oregon. It’s more comfortable that sticking your legs through the hole like in common tire swings.

  12. Earl says:

    Here in Florida, they’re known as “Phony Ponies”. A guy in Lakeland has been making them since the late 70s-early 80s. If you drive around my In-Laws neighborhood, there’s a phony pony hanging in every single yard!

  13. Anonymous says:

    That’s a great way to recycle. We did something similar at my neighbors nursery a few years back. You’ve just gotta make sure the toys are safe for the kids.

  14. mpb says:

    Out here in the Unorganized Borough we have lots of left-over and abandoned tires. Tires need to be everted to avoid mosquito (malaria, dengue) diseases. It also helps them to be used for retaining walls. I suspect it would keep them from popping out of landfills and dumps, too.

    I never could get my tire turned inside out by myself (couldn’t get the feds to buy the video) but should work in pairs. Tirecrafting is Fun

    See also tire turning–
    tire pots pictures

  15. Hugh says:

    It’s a lo-tek hi-fun idea that repurposes one of the most ubiquitous byproducts of the industrial era, the used tire. You can see these in every second farm house yard back home in rural ontario. I guess it’s spread right across north america, or I wonder if it was invented a few different times in different places?

  16. bxrguy says:


    (Switching to Monty Python Mode)

    Aeroplane? Oh my. Aren’t we grawnd. Oh no, Mater, no more buttered scones for me. I’m off fly my aeroplane.

    Sorry, whenever someone says/uses “aeroplane”, all I can see is Graham Chapman dangling from the ceiling making fun of Eric Idle’s high class grammar.

  17. Anonymous says: around $9 but it is a full size pattern. DG shows a 4″ sketch of the pattern and it lacks in overall detail. You can also buy one on ebay (full size pattern) by typing in “Pony tire swing plans” or “Horse tire swing pattern”

    Hope this helps,

  18. Teresa Nielsen Hayden / Moderator says:

    Cory grew up in Canada and is living in London. Why should anyone be surprised that his spelling is confused?

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