Mangle Board

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Project by DaveHanson posted 07-30-2009 02:28 PM 5516 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at carving a mangle board, and my first attempt at figure carving. The wood used is basswood, and the whole carving is approximately 24” x 5”. A mangle board is a board that was once used primarily in the Scandanavian countries in place of an iron and ironing board. The linen was rolled around a stick, and the board was used to flatten the linen over the stick by rolling it back and forth on a table.

The story is that batchelors would do their best job at carving a board and then place it at the door of their intended. He would then knock on the door and hide behind a bush. If she came to the door and took the board in, she was accepting his proposal. If not, she was rejecting it. Because it was not correct to give the same mangle board to another woman, the batchelor would have to make another one for his next intended. Thus the Scandanavian saying: “Beware the man with many mangles”.

-- Dave

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#1 posted 07-30-2009 03:04 PM

Get Looking Mangle Board with carving!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 07-30-2009 03:21 PM

How could an intended reject a prosal from a guy who could carve a mangle board like that – nicely done

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#3 posted 07-30-2009 03:48 PM

Really cool! Thank you are the story and a great looking mangle board!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 07-30-2009 04:29 PM

Cool! The project looks great and I learned something new. I’ve never heard of a mangle board before now. That’s pretty cool. You do some nice carving too. Thanks for sharing

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#5 posted 07-30-2009 05:04 PM

Fantastic carving work Dave, Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#6 posted 07-30-2009 05:13 PM

I would be very wary of a woman with that “tool” in her hands, seriously though it’s a beautifull carving and a nice tradition, my question would be how did the intended know who had carved the board? so that she could choose or was it all about the carving and design?
Inner beauty and all that???
Sorry about soo many questions, inquiring minds or extremely noosey!!!

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#7 posted 07-30-2009 09:37 PM

Jerry – I suspect that she would have known who the suiter was. In Norway, anyway, there probably weren’t that many men around to choose from.

By the time the tradition made it to the US, folks were using the traditional flat iron instead (I think I would rather have an angry woman swinging a mangle board as opposed to a flat iron). By then, the designs got fancier – to be used more as decorations than as a “tool”.

-- Dave

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#8 posted 07-30-2009 10:17 PM

Very nice carving Dave. You did a beautiful job on this piece. Thanks for history about these boards.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 07-30-2009 10:22 PM

Great story and fantastic carving. I learned something new today. Thanks for the lesson.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#10 posted 07-30-2009 10:55 PM

great carving and story,
did she accept your offer ?
and is this hers now ,
or are you showing it in hopes of
some lady LJ liking it ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 07-30-2009 11:13 PM

Thanks, but I have been happily married for 32 years – long before I learned to carve. I’ve only been carving for about 6 years.

-- Dave

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#12 posted 07-30-2009 11:26 PM

Fantastic carving, maybe my Viking side should try that:-)) welcome to LJ.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 07-31-2009 04:54 AM

You did a Great job!! Very,very nice carving.

Robin Renee’


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#14 posted 07-31-2009 04:57 AM

Super Job great carving

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#15 posted 07-31-2009 05:30 AM

that is cool – like a sampler for guys.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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