Estonian horses

SHEPHERD GAMES

Whittling animal shapes from alder branches. Each spring a simple pocketknife was bought for the shepherd boy, but despite the string that was attached to it, the knife was more than likely lost quite soon. The knife was never sharpened, so that the child would not cut the fingers. It was mainly used for whittling cow and horse figures. Cows were either black (with bark), mottled or white (peeled). The game was based on real life, so white cows never really occurred. Some pigs and calves were also made. With these animal figures you could play farm life, build farmyards and barns for them from sticks and stones.

Viru-Jaagupi, girl, b. 1951