Grannas Anders Olsson (nicknamed Pelle) was the oldest of 9 children and at an early age learned how to take responsibility and help make the family's living. In 1920, when he was 24 yeas old, he received a large order and in his family's bakery he started to produce black and white spotted wooden horses standing on a plate with wheels.

In 1922 he turned to producing Dala horses and in the same year the company was established. Besides the wooden horses even tools for weaving, curtain rails etc were manufactured. The selling was carried out by a travelling agent, for instance Anders Henriksson from Nusnäs, who has related that already in 1926 he went around and sold Dala horses from Grannas Anders production.

Both of the younger brothers Nils and Jannes (in 1922: 9 and 7 years old respectively) helped their big brother to make the horses after school. Together with the other brothers and sisters they also helped to pull a band saw, which Anders had bought. The band saw was an important investment in order to rationalise the production of the wooden horses. During the latter years of the 1920s the machine was equipped with a motor.

Grannas Anders Olsson

Munter Maria Olsson

Sixten Lindberg, EX. DIR.

3 generations
Gunilla Lindberg
Munter Maria Olsson
Vivan Lindberg

In 1928 Anders married Maria and moved into the village with his business. The two boys Nils and Jannes now 13 and 15 years old received a cardboard box with wood sawn in 13cm pieces which made the start of their wooden horse production.

Anders mostly hired carvers in Nusnäs but in 1937 when he wanted to make a 5cm sized horse he had to go to Vattnäs and their recognised talented woodcarver to get help. Ten years later the Nusnäs carvers succeeded in making an even smaller horse, 3 cm , in a series production.

In 1939 the same year as the great world exhibition in New York, the first carpentry building was erected on the spot where the company is today.

Grannas A Olssons Hemslöjd AB

  • Grounded: 1922, today the oldest existing Dala horse manufacturer.

  • The founder: Grannas Anders Olsson (1896 – 1944) and Munter Maria Olsson (1895 – 1989).
  • The number of employees: about 15 full time, carpenters, grounders (colour dipping and puttying) , the shop and the office.
  • Carvers: about 30, 3 of which are women, most from Dalarna but a few from outside the county.
  • The fancy painters: about 10 in number.
  • Turnover: Approximately 12.7 million kronor (30 th April, 2007), of which 15% is export.

The Company Today
The production of Dala horses today is a peculiar mixture of a genuine hand craft and series production. In 1939 just over 20,000 Dala horses were produced –nowadays approximately 100,000 are produced each year, with only a couple of planers and three band saws in the machine park. Visitors are surprised when they see the production volume the company has in comparison to the number of machines and how much hand work is put into the making of each horse.
Every Dalahorse is "double" unique - we can identify the carver and the painter!

Grannas A Olsson is still a family company today run by third generation with fourth generation among the employees.

Three boys and a girl from fifth genereation also comes to visit us now and then.

Julia, 4:th generation

Jesper, 5:e generation