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From Wendt and Kühn - Small Grünhainichen Angel in Celebration of the Erzgebirge

Posted on December 02, 2018 | 0 Comments

New for 2018, Wendt and Kühn brings us this Small Grünhainichen Angel in Toy Village. Two-inches high the Grünhainichen angel brings to life the toy-making tradition of the Erzgebirge.     The Angel holds a traditional splinter box on its lap filled with treasures. In it are stored the Angel's favorite toys: a house with a red roof, a little green tree, and a small wooden horse with even smaller ears. All are reminders of the wonderful, world-famous toys that are created in Wendt and Kühn's home, Germany's Toy Villages, in the Erzgebirge that bring happiness to children all around the world.

A very special piece for all of us who love the Erzgebirge's wonderful folk art.

Posted in Erzgebirge, German Christmas, German Folk Art, Trees, Wendt and Kühn

Bettina Franke's Charming Santas

Posted on December 02, 2017 | 0 Comments

We have carried a selection of Bettina Franke's delightful folk art from the beginning of My Growing Traditions - first discovering her workshop in the Seiffen area in the late 1990s. 

Coming from a family of woodcarvers (including a great-great-grandfather, her grandfathers [in the 1930s] and her mother [beginning in 1956], who was one of the first women woodcarvers), in 1981 Bettina completed her master craftsman training and founded her own company under the "Gänseliesel" brand - 

We are especially fond of her Santas and are proud to carry her Santa Gift Box

as well as her Santa Pulling a Sled

Her Santas are simply delightful!

 

Posted in Bettina Franke Workshop, Erzgebirge, German Folk Art, Santa

Grünhainichen Gold Edition No. 10 / The Reader / Words for Eternity

Posted on October 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Since 2009, Wendt and Kühn has crafted a series of figurines with accessories that are 24 karat gold-plated. This year - new for 2017 - Wendt and Kühn presents two versions of their Gold Edition No. 10 Grünhainichen Angel / The Reader / Words for Eternity.  

The Limited edition (22,222 pieces) is with a 24-karat Gold-plated Metal Book and Base  and comes in a wood Splinter Box.

         

Limited Edition with Gold-Plated Book and Base in Splinter Box

With a golden book open in its hands the reader encourages every viewer to think and dream. But what is being read aloud? Is it fairy tales, poems, or perhaps stories written about life itself? This is left entirely to one's imagination. 

The Limited Edition has an individual serial number printed on the underside of each figurine, on the base of its attractive splinter box, and also in the lovingly designed accompanying leaflet. This makes every Angel a valuable and unique piece.

The Gold Edition Reader is also available on a grey base with with the gold-plated book.

       

Gold-edition with Gold-Plated book and Grey Base 

A very special addition to your collection.

 

 

 

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

Gold Spanbaum / 8 - 14"

Posted on October 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

For years we have enjoyed decorating with natural spanbaum and green spanbaum, and now the Erzgebirge has given us gold-colored spanbaum.

They have many names - Spanbaum, span trees, wood shaved trees, chip or chipped trees, twilled trees, splinter, and curled trees. The German word span means chip in English.

The one pictured here is 14" tall.  They come in four sizes: 8", 10", 12," and 14" - find them here

They are unique to the Erzgebirge - Germany's Christmas Center and Toy Village of wood working craftsmen.

Use them to add a bit of elegance to your holidays - charming on a Thanksgiving or Christmas table.

 

Posted in Erzgebirge, German Folk Art, Trees

Celebrate Easter with our Emil Helbig 25% Off Sale

Posted on March 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Emil Helbig Workshop - the oldest woodcarver in the Erzgebirge (the center of Germany's Christmas Folk Art) - creates classic Easter pieces.

                

Above, the Girl with an Easter Egg, and the Boy with an Easter Egg ...

                            

the Boy with an Easter Rabbit, and right a Bunny in a Tub of Eggs ...

             

Three Rabbits Delivering Easter Eggs, and Two Little Rabbits Hiding Under a Leaf.

Find these wonderful Emil Helbig Easter pieces and more here - an artful addition to your Celebration, and on Sale!

Enjoy our Emil Helbig Workshop Pinterest Board.

 

Posted in Easter, Emil Helbig, Erzgebirge

Wendt and Kühn's Girl on an Easter Egg Hunt

Posted on March 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

New for 2017 is Wendt and Kühn's Girl Finding Easter Eggs.  She joyfully discovers two red eggs and one blue tucked in beneath a flower.

Girl Finding Easter Eggs

Seeing her for the first time, left us wondering about the origin of the Easter Egg Hunt. 

One of the earliest references is to Scotland, where "it used to be the custom on Easter Sunday for the young people to go out early in the morning to search for the eggs of various wild fowls for breakfast, it being thought most lucky to find them."

The egg has been a symbol of life dating back at least 2,500 years. Long associated with the circle of life (rebirth and renewal), for plants and animals alike, the egg was first seen as a symbol of the beginning of spring and later adopted as a Christian symbol

King Edward I of England is renown for popularizing the custom of dyeing eggs for Easter in 1307, when he had 450 eggs boiled and decorated for the royal household.

Wendt and Kühn's Girl Finding Easter Eggs is the latest in their wonderful Easter collection. Cherish her alone or add her to other fine Wendt and Kühn Easter children - which you can find here.

Enjoy My Growing Tradition's Pinterest board on Easter.

 

Posted in Easter, Erzgebirge, German Folk Art, German Traditions, Spring, Wendt and Kühn

Esco - The German Easter Bunnies / Rabbits with the Distinctive Pointed Ears

Posted on March 09, 2017 | 0 Comments

We are happy to announce that we now carry the world renown classic German Easter Bunnies / Rabbits / Hares collected by our mothers and grandmothers. Our own collection was acquired during the Soviet period, a period of time when individual workshops were not identified. Nowhere could we find a label specifically identifying the Esco workshop. Just recently we were able to put two and two together and finally add them to our offerings. Known as the Bunnies / Rabbits with the distinctive Pointed Ears, they have been hand-crafted by Esco since 1930.

Kissing Easter Bunnies

Esco began as a small workshop (growing to around 15 craftsmen in 2005) in Leubsdorf, Germany, at the foot of the Erzgebirge (Ore) Mountains. Esco is synonymous with the pointed ear bunny - creating more than 300 different figures. We are happy to offer a selection of their best - 

                   

you can find these and more here

They are especially known for introducing the original Easter Bunny School

inspired by the book "The Bunny School" by Fritz Koch-Gotha in 1924.

Amazon Germany describes Koch-Gotha's masterpiece as "probably the most famous picture book of this [the twentieth] century. Who does not know them, the story of the Hasenhans and Hasengretchen and their schoolmates?"

In 2007 Zeidler Holzkunst took over the Esco company. They added tradition to tradition, as they are one of the most traditional wood craft workshops in the Erzgebirge. A family business, since 1866, they originally created wooden toys, and now have grown to produce many Christmas items as well as the Esco Easter Rabbits.

We hope you are as pleased as we are that we found them.

 

Posted in Easter, Erzgebirge, Esco, German Traditions, Zeidler Holzkunst

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