When my father retired, he took up wood carving, among other things. A few years back he gave me the mangle below, – it is called “mangletre” in Norwegian.
It is an old fashioned ironing device, – the linen was rolled onto a pole and then pressed smooth with the “mangletre”. This was heavy work, so people switched to mangle machines and irons as soon as they became available.
In some areas the young man often brought a finely carved mangle as a gift to the girl he would ask to marry him. The handle was often shaped like a horse for strength and fertility.
It is a popular item to make among today’s woodcarvers as well, but now it is only for decorative use. It sure is beautiful, and one day I would like to take some of the decor elements and use for an applique piece.
I love my mangle, but am also happy that I have a really good iron.