Dimensions; Length 26" (66 cm.) Width 4-1/4 (11) Thick 3/4"
Horse: Length 8-1/4 (21) Height 3" (7-1/2 cm.)
A very popular Rosemaling project is a Mangleboard. Mangle Boards (called in Norwegian Mangletre or Mangletrær in plural) were long, flat boards with a single horse-shaped handle. They were used to roll the wrinkles from linen cloth which had been wound on a round dowl. Mangleboards could be very plain with very little carving or very complex with wonderful acanthus or chip carvings over the entire board and horse handle. Mangleboards were also used as betrothal gifts.
A young man would make a mangle board for the woman he hoped to marry. He would carve a design on the top of the board. The story is that the young man would hang the Mangleboad on the door to the girl he wished to marry. If she accepted his proposal she would bring the board into the house. If she refused his betrothal, she would leave the board hanging on the door. The man could not use the same mangle board for the next woman he proposed to. So he had to carve a whole new board and design next time he fell in love.
After using Joan Dahl's Pattern Package available on this website
They have a chip-carved design on the board and a hanger built into the backside to be hung on a wall.
Because of having to continually carve new boards, they say the best wood carvers in Norway were bachelors! I don't know if that is true or simply folk lore, but it makes for a good story.
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Dahl House Art & Rosemaling Center
Finer Gifts, Art & Craft Supplies Since 1976
16623 W. River Rd, Caribee Shores,
Inglis, Florida 34449-9272
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