In the German area of Beerfurth, a small wooden toy workshop hand makes traditional little horses – the Odenwälder Gäulsches. The workshop founded by Annette Kramer’s great-grandfather is the last of its kind in the region.
The design of the horses dates back to 1899, and has been passed down from one generation to the next. Each horse is made from three different types of wood: beech, pine and poplar. The legs and curves of the rocking horses are bent with steam, the cylindrical bodies’ turned, painted and varnished.
The Gäulsches are delivered all over the world, and can be found in the Toy Museum in Singapore and at Japan’s Emperor Akihito Palace. And now they have arrived in South Australia!