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Taught by Rose Holdorf


Dala Horse Christmas Ornament Carving

December 18, 2022, 10 AM to 1 PM

Nordia House




Traditionally carved from pine wood scraps leftover by builders, the Dala Horse is a national symbol of Sweden and marks those dark winter days when carvers sit by the woodstove to whittle. With roots in the 1700s, and maybe earlier, the famous wood carvers of the Swedish Dalarna region still hand carve these pine figures today, and are finished with a traditional kurbits-style, hand-painted decoration. In this seasonal class, students will learn some basic carving and painting techniques as we work on our own dala-inspired horse ornaments. All experience levels are welcome.

Rose Holdorf

Meet your instructor, Rose Holdorf

Rose grew up between a fir forest and an oak savanna in a house her parents built outside Corvallis, Oregon. A Macalester College alumna with a background in educational nonprofits, she attended North House Folk School in Minnesota to study traditional northern crafts, including timber framing, chair making, greenwood carving, blacksmithing, basket weaving, fibers, and natural dyeing. In 2018, she returned to the land where she was raised to revive her Dad’s woodshop and continue to carve, weave, sew, dye, and build.

Rose is a member of Teal Cooperative Gallery and teaches woodworking classes at Wildcraft Studio School, North House Folk School, Oregon State University Craft Center, Highland Woodshop, Nordic Northwest, American Swedish Institute, and Fireweed Community Woodshop in Minneapolis. Whatever adventures may come, Rose hopes to always nurture our land and empower those who value it so we can have stronger relationships with the environment and each other.

Refunds: All ticket sales are final.

Parking: We encourage guests to use public transportation or ride-sharing services. Our 50-space parking lot is open on a first come, first-served, basis and limited street parking is available on SW 89th & 90th Avenues.


Accessibility: Nordia House has two accessible parking spots in our main lot facing SW Oleson Rd. Both the main entrance facing SW Oleson Rd. and our side entrance facing SW Taylors Ferry Rd. are wheelchair accessible. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. We will do our best to accommodate your needs upon arrival. Please call 503-977-0275 or email to arrange further assistance.

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