dala horses

Posted on February 26th, 2017 by mountain girl  |  6 Comments »

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Several weeks ago, I posted pictures of these Dala horses in their raw, just-carved state. I’m excited to finally post the finished set of horses!

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After carving and sanding, I painted them in traditional Swedish designs along with a little twist–American flag designs on the saddles. The height of the tallest horse is 6″ and the smallest is a little under 3″. The horses (and American flag designs) were custom ordered by my childhood friend, whose mother is Swedish.

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While creating the horses, I learned that the first Dala horses originated about 150 years ago in the Swedish province of Dalarna. Woodcarvers made them as children’s toys, depicting horses because they were a common aspect of daily life. Dala horses eventually became an item of barter, and carving and painting them grew into a widespread cottage industry. The skill was passed down from one generation to the next, and modern day Dala horses are now a historic symbol of Sweden.

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6 Responses to “dala horses”

  1. Mimi says on :

    Just delightful to look at!! My grandfather, Papa would have really enjoyed these. Just beautifully done. Love, Mimi

  2. mountain girl says on :

    Yes…my college art teacher, Mr. Godlewski, would have loved them, too. He always loved tiny handmade circuses and little sculpted figures with pizzazz. :)

  3. Mom & Dad says on :

    Hi honeee..these are quite beautiful- nice job! Luv u/mom

  4. mountain girl says on :

    Thanks, Mom!

  5. susan says on :

    These are just beautiful! You are really one talented lady. Love all your jewelry too.

  6. mountain girl says on :

    Thank you, Susan!

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