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An Anniversary Angel - Celebrating Wendt and Kühn's 100th

Posted on November 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

In commemoration of their 100th Anniversary (1915 - 2015) Wendt and Kühn gives us this very special Angel - to find her click here or on the image below...
Spreading Joy. For 100 Years.

She stands proud with the Musician Angels, beside your collection of Grunhainichen Angels, or even enjoyed in a Children's Parade

Add her to your collection - Celebrate Wendt and Kühns 100th - Spread the Joy!

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A wonderful gift at Christmas!

Posted in Angels, Erzgebirge, German Christmas, German Folk Art, German Traditions, Wendt and Kühn

Christmas Tree-Toppers - Finials... a Tradition

Posted on December 06, 2014 | 0 Comments

The tippy-top position (or "crown"), on our Christmas trees invites a very special treatment. Decorative Christmas ornament tree-toppers (treetoppers or finials) have their origin in the Victorian era, when Christmas trees became popular in England. Wikipedia notes that in 1848 The Illustrated London News published a picture of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, and their family around a Christmas tree topped with an Angel. Thus the Christmas Angel became the most common tree-topper. Christmas stars are very popular, as are elegant Christmas reflectors. Santas, and Snowmen are also commonly used. My Growing Traditions offers some of each from Inge-Glas of Germany (the oldest Christmas ornament company in the world).

                             

Left to right: Spirit of Christmas Dreams, Twinkling Star Tree Top, Vintage Poinsettia

                                    

Left to right: St. Nikolaus' Tannenbaum and King of the Hill

These glass finials and the elegant, simple, wooden Spanbaum (also known as span trees, wood shaved trees, chip or chipped trees, twilled trees, and curled trees) tree topper from the Erzgebirge (Germany's Christmas Center) that we happily carry this year for the first time, all require some special care when it comes to decorating your tree. 

About.com - provides some useful "Tips for Topping the Tree"

  • "When using glass finials, extra care must be used when attaching them to the tree. It can be difficult to attach and/or slide the finial onto the top branch of the tree, although it's a bit easier with an artificial tree. When using a finial on a live tree, one suggestion is to wire or attach a wooden dowel to the top of the tree and slide the finial onto the dowel.
  • Be careful when adding the finial to the dowel or top of tree, make sure it is securely attached and is straight. (... a small amount of cotton batting around the wooden dowel will cushion the glass).
  • If the finial has a reflector in the mold, they can be easily damaged by the dowel or even the tree top branch.... Make sure the dowel/tree branch doesn't reach the spot where the reflector is in the glass.
  • Although the perfect scenario is having a beautifully decorated tree, with the top put on at the very end, in reality it's much easier to put the finial or tree-topper on first!" 

Posted in Angels, Christmas Traditions, German Christmas, German Folk Art, Inge-Glas, Trees

Wendt and Kühn Santas and Pixies - Christmas is Here

Posted on November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Wendt and Kühn is especially known for their Classic Angels and Flower Children. Yet, Wendt and Kühn provides us with even more with their charming pieces for creating Christmas displays.

The Large Santa Claus with Toys - the toys come separately, so that you can tuck them into his bag - is 6" tall and more than majestic!  He makes a perfect centerpiece for your Christmas table. 

Add the Ore Mountain Pines, the Grünhainichen Angels with Tree, and the Angel with Candle to complete the theme.

               

The Santa Claus with Candles is magical shown here with the Small Angel with a Star and an Angel in a Ring ornaments.

and is wonderful displayed with the Pixies by his side.

         

Wendt and Kühn Santas are simply essential to Christmas!

Posted in Angels, Erzgebirge, German Folk Art, Wendt and Kühn

New Angels and Children from the Emil Helbig Workshop

Posted on November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Emil Helbig Workshop in Gruenhainichen (in the Erzgebirge and known as a Toy Makers Village), Germany has been in business since 1933 and is the oldest woodcarving workshop in the Ore Mountains. Their work is unique, simple, and truly elegant.

We have expanded our Emil Helbig offerings to include two sweet little children bringing flowers.

                                                         

The young boy carries a nosegay and the girl has collected a bunch of flowers in her apron. 

Our new Angels are the Angel with a Deer (the Deer admires the star the Angels holds in her hands)

and the Angel with a Baby in a Cradle.

All are classic Emil Helbig wood carvings - delicately carved and finely painted. A joy to add to your collection! 

 

          

Posted in Angels, Emil Helbig, Erzgebirge, German Folk Art

New for 2014 - Wendt and Kühn Grünhainichen Angels

Posted on November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

This year, 2014, Wendt and Kühn of Germany has added three new Grünhainichen Angels to their collection.

              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They are left to right, the Angel with the Small Trumpet, the Angel with Gifts, and the Angel with a Little Tree.

Sitting on their gold pedestal, each is 1-1/2" tall and sit perfectly beside the standing 2-1/2" Grünhainichen Angel Bearing Gifts pictured with two of them here:

Mix and match, create your own display, and enjoy the meticulous art of Wendt and Kühn Grunhainichen Angels - the Angels with the Eleven Dot Wings

treasured by collectors all over the world for nearly 100 years.

Click on the images or links above to find them in our shop.

Enjoy our Wendt and Kühn Pinterest Board.

 

 

Posted in Angels, German Christmas, German Folk Art, Wendt and Kühn

Wendt and Kühn Grünhainichen Musician Angels - and a Special Place to Store Them

Posted on October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

This year we have significantly expanded our offerings of Wendt and Kühn Angels, especially the orchestra musician Angels.

In 1923 Grete Wendt sketched the first three of her angels - each with eleven white dots on their little green wings.  They were:

               

The Angel with a Candle, The Angel with a Violin, and the Angel with a Flute

We now carry these and a total of 25 of the Musician Angels, and are pleased to also offer the wonderful Grünhainichen Angel Slumber Vault.

        

The Slumber Vault is a superb place to keep your Wendt and Kuhn Grünhainichen Angels - the musicians and more. The vault stores 36 angels with compartments of various sizes, including a larger compartment to accommodate the grand piano. Grünhainichen Angels - stand alone and ornaments - are pictured along all four sides of the vault.

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Posted in Angels, German Folk Art, Wendt and Kühn

The Wood Workers Shop - An Advent Calendar and our Traditional European Artisans

Posted on October 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

As we near this holiday season we realize that My Growing Traditions is truly about celebrating with the best of European folk art and Christmas. The artisans and their workshops whose folk art we offer are ones that represent the premier of their genre. All of them have histories that go back decades, some closing in on 100 years, and some beyond. They are artisans that have perfected their art and are recognized world-wide as masters in their field. They have been instrumental in creating and maintaining tradition. We carry Inge-Glas of Germany Christmas ornaments - the oldest Christmas ornament company in the world (since 1596) - and Marcel Carbonel Santons (since 1935) of Marseille, France, the preeminent Santons workshop.

And, we rejoice in the smaller workshops of the Erzgebirge, Germany - from the official German Christmas Village, Seiffen, and the toy-making villages that surround.

These wood-working artisans are so beautifully depicted in Brück und Sohn's (printer Meissen, Germany since 1793) Advent Calendar - The Erzgebirge Woodworker's Shop.

 Click here for Brück und Sohn's other Advent Calendars available on My Growing Traditions.

Our fondness for the Woodworker's Shop Advent Calendar led us to want to share with you photos of the workshops of many of the artisans that we carry. 

 

Christian Werner of Seiffen (since 1985) specializes in the exact work of the Woodworker's Shop - he is one of only eight who work in Reifendrehen, or ring-turning. 

Bettina Franke has followed in her parents footsteps and carves wonderful Santas and nativity figures. Her workshop like Christian Werner's has flourished since the fall of the Berlin wall and the end of communism in Eastern Europe.   
The Emil Helbig Workshop (since 1933) of the toy making village of Grunhainichen in the Erzgebirge is renowned for their exquisite figures - here the wood carver works on a cat.

 

 

 

 

 

Classic Angels and many other wonderful wooden figures have been created by the Wendt and Kuhn Workshop in Grunhainichen since 1915.

 

And last but not least, we want to share with you here this picture of the creation of a wood-chip tree, or Spanbaum, a folk art that dates to the 1930s.

We have been privileged over the years to visit the workshops of each of these artisans - a true joy and an experience that has cemented our desire to make their work available to you.

 

Posted in Angels, Brück and Sohn, Christian Werner, Christmas Traditions, Emil Helbig, Erzgebirge, German Christmas, German Folk Art, Nativities, Santa, Trees, Wendt and Kühn