Apple Dolls
An American Folk Doll
As seen on the Martha Stewart Show!

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One-of-kind Apple Folk Art Dolls
Handcrafted by Pamela Matson
Apple Dolls are folk dolls originating from early rural America when settlers made dolls from whatever was at hand. Apple dolls are made by carving a face in an apple and drying it. Due to the different effects drying produces, no two dolls are alike.

Summer Alert!!  Drying apples in the summer may be difficult because of the humidity.  You may want to wait till humidity has decreased or try using a food dehydrator. If you don't have a food dehydrator, try blowing a fan directly on the appleheads and/ or place heads in very low oven heat, 135 degrees or lower. If the temperature seems too hot, try turning heat on low to heat up, then turn the oven off before heads go in the oven. Warning! If the oven is too hot, the apples will cook instead of drying.

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This site was created to accompany my apple doll presentation for:
Tales of the Territory: Minnesota 1849 -1858 Opening Exhibit
Minnesota History Center, October 24, 1999

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