Dala Horse

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Dala Horse

Postby David » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:24 pm

This is the second posting of my horses. The first time they were in the wrong paddock. They are carved out of Lime (basswood) and kept wet while being carved. They have a tooled finish and are painted using acrylic paint.
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Re: Dala Horse

Postby witt » Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:22 am

Nice work, David !
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Re: Dala Horse

Postby Robin Fawcett » Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:30 am

The horses look lovely in their own paddock - what's the metal gizmo against the apple in the first photo?
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Re: Dala Horse

Postby davestovell » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:46 pm

what's the metal gizmo against the apple in the first photo


Isn't it obvious Robin, it's a thing-me-bob. :lol:
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Re: Dala Horse

Postby David » Sat Jul 21, 2012 5:46 pm

The metal gizmo/thing-me-bob is in fact a micro-drawknife with a 1.5" blade (that should make all the pro. bodgers cry). It is made by Jim Wester at North Bay Forge, as is the knife in the same picture - double edge bent, used palm up. I have a number of Jim's tools, and apart from being very functional, they are very easy to sharpen, and keep an edge for a long time.

The picture of the guy carving the horse is really good. The horse looks quite big, I think mine are smaller.

Thanks for the comments.
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Re: Dala Horse

Postby witt » Sat Jul 21, 2012 6:09 pm

The guy is a worker from Olson's famous factory which produces those horses in Dalarna, many of them for export. He works at home, in his kitchen. They decline the horse model in a range of various sizes.
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Re: Dala Horse

Postby David » Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:51 pm

Where did you get the details on the pictures from?
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Re: Dala Horse

Postby witt » Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:28 pm

"Levande trâ" = Living wood

I'ts a book which is a compilation of different topics concerning the tradtional use of wood in Sweden.
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Re: Dala Horse

Postby David » Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:40 pm

Many thanks Witt.
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Re: Dala Horse

Postby witt » Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:35 pm

You're welcome.

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Re: Dala Horse

Postby David » Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:42 pm

Wish I had the skill to do work like that.
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