The Dala Horse is everywhere in Central Sweden, seen on curtains, rugs and key chains, lamps and pillows, paintings . . . . Horse carving here began with bored woodsmen during the long, dark winter evenings some three hundred years ago. They used wood scraps and red paint produced by the enormous copper mine in Falun. The horses remain one of the few living folk traditions of Sweden and are sold everywhere.
Yesterday we paid a visit to Grannäs, a tourist stop in Nusnäs, Sweden – about an hour’s drive from where we live. They carve Dala horses there.