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Dalahorse, Blue

£22.00

  • Description

    The original DalaHorse (Dalahäst) has been around for many centuries, and probably was created by Swedish woodcutters in the province of Dalarna near Mora. During the long winters, these lonely men would spend their evenings away from their families, and passed their time by carving little toys for their children.

    The bright, happy little animal as we now know the DalaHorse probably originated in the 1700's. The carving of the stocky little tailless horses had become a well-established tradition, but up until this time they had been unpainted and had just the natural grain of the wood for ornamentation.

    DalaHorses traditionally were made during the long fall and winter evening hours when the weather prevented any outdoor work from being done. Although they are a natural outgrowth of the clock and furniture making industries common in the Dalarna Province, the DalaHorse has evolved into a symbol of all Swedish handicrafts. The traditional colour of DalaHorses is a bright orange-red, but they are also to be found in natural wood, or painted white, blue, or black, all with brightly coloured painted kurbit-type trim.

  • Technical Info

    Dimensions: 10cm, 13cm, 15cm & 17cm

    There is quite a bit of work required in the production of these decorative little toys. Most are made of pine, which is dried for three to four weeks after the initial carving. This prevents the horses from splitting after they are painted. The design is first drawn on the wood and sawed by machine. Then they are given to the carvers, who finish them using their own individual techniques. Each carver will normally choose horses of the size that is most comfortable to him to decorate, which means that the horses are available in many varying sizes. No two horses are ever truly identical.

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