Horse swing made from recycled aeroplane tyre

Eco Centric's Recycled Tyre Horse Swing is way cool -- a decidedly horsey ridable sculpture made from old tyres.
This delightful eco-friendly garden swing is made from a single decomissioned aeroplane tyre and is eco-creativity at its best.

Made in the UK it has a low carbon footprint and is a great ecological product, unlike the aeroplane it came from!

Link (via The Observer)

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  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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?

  6. Aeroplane?

    (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.

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

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

    sadolan_of_slightheadache

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

  10. #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.

  11. 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!

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

  13. 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.

    http://www.tirecrafting.com Tirecrafting is Fun

    See also tire turning–
    tire pots pictures
    http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/contain/msg080644538900.html
    http://kurtsaxon.com/foods003.htm

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

  15. http://www.ponytireswingplans.com 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,
    Mike

  16. 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.

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