Wooden Horses

November 14, 2006 By: erik Category: England, Flickr, Photos 1,670 views

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It’s a slow blogging week. We went to Marga’s folks for the weekend and I came down with a cold. From one day to the next, I went from perfectly fine to bedridden. The first time I visited them I did the same thing, as well as the first year I went to Extremadura with them. They must think I have a very weak immune system.

So anyway, I’ve got a Flickr post for ya…

Log Horse

Log Horse – An all-wooden horse and buggy at an historical tourist destination in Telford, England in September, 2004.

Riding a Swedish Horse

Riding a Swedish Horse – These wooden horses can be seen all around Sweden. They are the nations symbol of lucky production. This one was at the Stockholm Zoo in February, 2005.

The best explanation I could find for the origin of this symbol in Sweden was on this page:

One day… at the beginning of XX century… a young carpenter from Dalarna, engrossed in his thoughts, was distract carving with is knife a little piece of wood. After some hours of working with his wonder he had made the copy of a little horse that had been grazing all the morning in the lawn of the house. From then on, the little wooden horse became not only the symbol of lucky production but also the mascot of the nation.

 
  • Ami Stockellburg

    Hi Erik,
    I was surfing the internet, looking for a Swedish dala horse when I was directed to your sight. I remember growing up in a swedish family in the U.S. and having the little horses all over. I love them!
    Have you ever been to the U.S.? The reason I ask is because I went to school as a child with a boy named Erik Rasmussen. Now I must realize of course that the name may be a very popular one in Sweden and I am sure, fairly so in the U.S. too- but you did make me stop and think of someone a long time ago, and what is Christmas time if not being a little nostalgic and looking back at our past.
    I wish you and your family a blessed Christmas. Ami Stockellburg