Thursday, May 7, 2009

Dala Horse

I carved this little horse out of a piece of basswood. It's 4 inches high. The Dala horse is the iconic Swedish wooden horse, which is typically painted in bright colors, usually blue, red, or white, with details picked out in various colors.
The Dala horse is still made by artisans in Sweden in the Dalarne region.
The name of my online jewelry shop -- Dalkullan Jewelry -- means 'a girl from Dalarne', which is where my Aunt and Father were from.
I named my online shop in honor of my Aunt, who operated a successful Swedish import business in Chicago for many years, which was called Dalkullan.
I had intended to paint my little horse, but he looks cute in just natural wood, so I think I'll leave him as he is.

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