Folk Art of the Erzgebirge
While The Wooden Wagon stocks many of the newest and most innovative wooden toys available from Germany, we are also pleased to offer whimsical wooden toys and folk art in a more traditional style. These timeless creations will be cherished as much by children today as they were one hundred years ago.
We import all of our German folk art and traditional wooden toys directly from the craftsmen in Seiffen, Germany. Working in generations-old, family-based workshops, these men and women carry on a tradition of wood-carving that is unique to the Erzgebirge region, producing objects of singular beauty and universal appeal. Many of these items reflect popular folk motifs, but no two craftsmen approach them in the same way. And, since all of the work is done by hand, you may be sure that each item is truly unique.
We have recently added the delightful Werner figures to our collection of wooden folk art from the Erzgebirge. Siegfried Werner has taken over his father Walter's work in producing these collectible miniatures (none stands more than four inches high). Siegfried is the brother of Wolfgang, who carves many of our traditional toys, and Christian, who is the craftsman of such items as the Noah's Ark and the candle pyramid depicted above.
For more information about the traditions behind our carved German folk art—and especially about the unique "Reifendrehen" (ring-turned) style of wood carving—please visit our About Us page.
An Erzgebirge Tradition
Heart-Shaped Turned Ring
Unfinished Carved Animals
A Craftsman at Work
The Finished Ark