Dala Horse Carving in 5 Steps I Easy Wood Carving for Beginners

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Introduction: Dala Horse Carving in 5 Steps I Easy Wood Carving for Beginners

About: Love Coffee, Wood, Music. Do some of woodcarving, some of piano. Have a doggie. Love my son and hubby. Just joined this place, seems to be fun here.

I was always fond of Sweden. It's a really beautiful country. Swedes study and work hard but they also take their rest and relaxation seriously. So the fika – a coffee break that normally consists of coffee or tea, cookies or sweet buns, but can also include soft drinks, fruit and sandwiches – is a social institution and an important part of the national culture. You can fika (it’s a verb as well as a noun) with your family or on your first date.

Maybe I'm a Swede, I'm having fika for more than 5 times a day :D

At the time I visited Sweden last time, I've seen their national symbol - Dala horse a lot of times. During the 19th century, it became custom to paint the wooden horses with richly colored floral patterns, similar to the Dalecarlian paintings that decorated furniture and interior walls. Since Viking times, the horse has been considered a holy animal.

It was quite natural that the handicraft was a horse. 18th century, people would sit around the fireplaces during winter nights, carving figures from odd pieces of wood.

The popular choice was a horse, which was a creature of great value for families. These were taken home to the children in the villages where they became much-treasured toys.

After our last visit to Sweden, my husband and I made a Dala horse and I'm going to share it with you. Plus it fits the multi-discipline contest the best, it combines drawing, carving and painting skills at once.

Supplies:

- horse blank (or just some wood)

- whittling knife

- sandpaper

- paints

- pencil

- brush

OR Dala horse carving kit that includes all above + leather strop, polishing compound to take care of the knife, safety tape to protect your fingers + a step-by-step video tutorial

Step 1: Drawing Phase I

- Take a pencil, a ruler and your horse blank.

- Draw lines on both sides.

- Draw a central line through the whole horse.

- Draw additional lines on both sides of a horse.

- Make marks of 0.5’’ to connect the hooves of a horse. Then draw circles for the hooves.

- Do the same on each side of the hooves (4 times).

Step 2: Drawing Phase II

- Draw additional lines on both sides from the central line.

- Make the lines 1/16’’ on both sides from the edge to round off the horse.

- Shade the area which we will remove from the top.

- Shade the area which we will remove from the sides.

Step 3: Carving Phase

- Start removing the shaded areas from both sides. For this, you'll need a whittling knife, either get one yourself, or you can receive a knife with all other necessary stuff in a kit.

- Cut the area between the hooves.

- Split off the ears by making two triangles.

- Draw the lines from the center of the head on both sides

- Cut the ears and round face from both sides.

Step 4: Sanding Phase

Use sandpaper P150 to sand the horse, so that the paint would cover a horse well in the next step.

Step 5: Painting Phase

Choose any design you want and follow it! The traditional color of Dala Horses is a bright orange-red, but they can also be found in white, blue, or black.

Hope you enjoyed my instructable.

It's really easy to make a horse. Even for kids, it would be an easy-peasy and fun thing to do.

In case you face any issues/questions while carving, feel free to message me here anytime.

Check out my other Instructables for some easy wood carving projects!

Sincerely,

Coffee Girl

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    11 Comments

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    speccy21
    speccy21

    Question 6 months ago on Step 5

    What is the ratio of the width of the wood block to length and height. Great article apart from that?

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    LeslieGeee
    LeslieGeee

    Question 1 year ago

    Hello, Are your instructions directly from the kit? If so that is copywriter infringement and illegal to do.

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    phoe
    phoe

    Answer 1 year ago

    I would have thought a cultural article like this would be well documented enough elsewhere in custom and practice not to risk copyright infringement.

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    LeslieGeee
    LeslieGeee

    Reply 1 year ago

    You thought wrong. If you copy directly, including pictures, which you have done, You are infringing on a copywrite. There is a woman who has posted her original instructions here ( she has a well documented blog ) and a craft website blatantly copied her work pictures and text without giving her the credit or even getting permission to use HER work. It is illegal and what you did is illegal. I would take all your so called "cultural articles" down off of this site and any other site that you have claimed the "instructions" as yours. Please put yourself in the originators shoes. How would you like it if someone stole your ideas.

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    phoe
    phoe

    Reply 1 year ago

    I didn't write the original article, I merely posted thoughts on the "protected" nature of the pattern / shape of the horse. If this instructable is plagiarised, I'm sure there's a way to report it to Instructables directly.

    The link you tried to include isn't appearing for me, so I can't check the veracity of your claim, but on a personal level, I'd be delighted if someone found my work to be something they'd want to share - as long as they didn't try to pass it off as their own (claiming copyright / patent) and make loads of money from it.

    On my earlier point, these skills will have been passed down through generations from parent to child. Writing them down doesn't invalidate all prior work, it only makes your written interpretation a written interpretation. If a word or two is changed around, it would probably be difficult to sue for copyright infringement, given that the knowledge is out in the public domain.

    We also don't know whether the "author" you refer to hasn't re-posted works written by someone else.

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    LeslieGeee
    LeslieGeee

    Reply 1 year ago

    The content is as you said plagiarized. You used exact content and pictures not your own WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE COMPANY. Admit you are wrong and take down your post. Enough said.

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    phoe
    phoe

    Reply 1 year ago

    Are you going to admit you're wrong for thinking I'm the person who published this instructable ? You've gone quiet :-}

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    phoe
    phoe

    Reply 1 year ago

    LeslieGeee - you seem to have missed the first six words of my previous comment, where I said THIS WAS NOT MY INSTRUCTABLE.

    Thanks :-)

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    Gadisha
    Gadisha

    1 year ago

    Nice, I've always liked these little horses, but they're not that cheap.
    Never thought of carving one myself.

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    attosa
    attosa

    1 year ago

    Very pretty! Nice work