The Dala Horse: New Essay Up at Neutrons/Protons
How did a regional toy become a national symbol for Sweden? Neutrons/Protons has posted an essay of mine on the Dala horse.
The Dala horse is named after the region in Sweden it hails from, but it isn’t bred, it’s carved. You start with a wood blank. You saw the blank according to an outline. You whittle the Dala horse out of what isn’t a Dala horse. You prime it then add the red base layer of paint, visible for miles, visible for decades, recognizable to the old and the young, a tribute to the wood-hauling horses that inspired the toy.