|Project by DaveHanson||posted 1819 days ago||3224 views||4 times favorited||17 comments|
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”.