Monday, June 3, 2013

Hand carved Dala horses in basswood

Though I'm American and not Swedish, I have a great respect for Swedish craft, especially the Dalahast. Known to English-speakers as the Dala horse, with its classic, sturdy, yet beautiful design, it's always a pleasure to carve.

These horses are my version of the traditional Dalahast, left unpainted. I carved lines to highlight the horses' manes and tails, but the rest is up to the imagination. 


  1. Hey John, Do you have a Facebook page? My name is Trish and I own a local business called - The Purple Painted Lady. I have a brick & mortar store in Macedon and sell painted furniture and decorative paint products, and I also have a blog.

    I was wondering if you would be interested in joining in on our Barn Sale & Junk Jubilee happening on Saturday, Sept. 21st in Macedon.

    We host the event on our private property and this will be our 3rd year. Our Facebook page is approaching 9000 followers. Last year we had 1700 guests attend, and we anticipate at least 2500 this year since we are doubling our vendors to 80 artisans, bakers, wineries, cheese makers, musicians, chicken dinner.... It is pretty cool! I would love to have you. I hand pick our vendors and our goal is to have hand made, unique items so this venue is really one of a kind. Our website has more information about the event. Hope to hear back from you either way.

    ps If you get a second- stop by my Facebook page and LIKE it. (The Purple Painted Lady)

    Here is the link to vendor info:

    Thanks so much! Tricia ~ The Purple Painted Lady

  2. Thanks Tricia, I'll check it out!