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« on: December 16, 2010 09:20:48 AM »

greetings craftsters! i am so excited to finally be able to post about this next piece. it was commissioned as a gift some months ago and has been gifted so i can post her!

What is a Huldra? Huldre are Scandinavian fair-folk, usually described as beautiful women until their cow's tails are revealed.... this little lady is obviously embracing much more of her cow's nature and isn't afraid of being found out. she's amongst friends here.
more information about huldre can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huldra

that infamous tail:

her hooves.

i chose her hair color and style because i fell in love with the look highland cattle have: http://www.birchimages.co.uk/galleryimages/Highland%20cattle%20Scotland%202.JPG

this huldra is still connected to her roots and is wearing a bronze-age style string skirt as seen here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egtved_Girl

so, what's with the two sticks? this was a commissioned gift for a very special and very talented woman i am honored to know. she is a volva (staff-carrier) and uses her stav (staff) to create music... more info here: http://karitauring.com/about.html

i got to use my new rotary tool to craft the stav and tine from sticks given by the maple tree in my backyard. i'm absolutely in love with the tools now and have no idea how i existed without it before!

and here she is, ready to dance and play!

thank you so much for looking!
and questions, comments, criticisms are most welcome!

and for a few more photos you can go to my blog...

« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2010 10:02:30 AM »

I love this. Really nice work.

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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2010 06:38:04 PM »

I really like the shape of her face.  very cute.

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« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2010 05:49:33 AM »

Very interesting!
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« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2010 12:41:07 PM »

Oh, wow, she's amazing! What a *great* subject for a doll. Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2010 09:20:54 AM »

thank you guys so much  Grin  folklore and history are really a passion of mine so getting to put them all into this little lady was such a joy!

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