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Handcrafted Miniatures

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Handcrafted Miniatures from the Erzgebirge

We now offer two lines of handcrafted miniatures - one from the Drechsel Workshop in the small town of Augustusburg and a new line from Seiffener Volkskunst.

Here's what you'll find on this page:

 

Handcrafted miniatures from the Erzgebirge

Miniatures from Seiffener Volkskunst - new for 2021!


16622 Night Watchman Scene

16622 Miniature Deer (set of 3)

16670
Miniature Sheep (5)

16671 Miniature Trees (5)

16672 Miniature Trees (5)

16661 Miner Gnomes (set of 3)

16662 Hunter Gnome with Dog

16663 Shepherd Gnome

16664 Santa Gnome with Sled

16666 Toy Maker Gnome

16667 Night Watchman Gnome

16669 Forest Worker Gnome

16611 Nativity

16612 Three Kings

Drechsel Workshop

Small but fine (klein aber fein) is the motto in the Drechsel workshop in the small town of Augustusburg in the Erzgebirge region of Germany. Their miniature handcrafted pyramids and arches fit into any handbag, but that of course is not where they belong. Just like their larger brothers and sisters, they also appear at Christmas time, and many pyramid designs are appropriate year-round, and spin whenever they catch a draft of warm air, such as from a heater, a fan, or a television.

In 1987 Frau Stephanie Drechsel took over the family business from her father, Karl Herhold, who in 1964 made his hobby into his career. Because there were so many factors that made it very difficult to be self-sufficient in the German Democratic Republic, it wasn't until 1980 and after much difficulty that Herr Herhold was able to set up his own company. His daughter Stephanie, who studied at the Institute for Applied Arts (Fachschule fuer Angewandte Kunst) in the village of Schneeberg, began working with him that same year. Since 2005 the small firm has been run by her husband, Hans-Ullrich Drechsel.

These fine pieces are not mass-produced but made with heart and hand and are handcrafted. All of the filigree pieces are created by hand and not with a laser or computer.

Miniature Pyramids

These miniature pyramids, each just under 5 inches tall, while not made for candles, do spin when caught in a draft of warm air. Small wooden candles (decorative only!) are on either side of the pyramids (shown in only a few of the photos). The mini-pyramids are made from veneers from chestnut wood, which is neither too soft nor too hard to work with. The base is made from elm, the bow and tree from makore, and the small decorative candles from oak.

Click on each image for a larger view.


LS19/04 Train

LS19/19 Three Angels

LS19/20 Winter Skiers

LS19/22 Star Catcher

LS19/27 Fit for Fun

LS19/30 St. Nicholas
   

Miniature Schwibboegen (Arches)

These miniature arches, each about 6 inches wide, are made from chestnut wood, which is neither too soft nor too hard to work with. The base is made from elm, the arch from makore, and the small decorative candles from oak. The arches with 3D in the design name have a darker background to give the arch a 3-dimensional effect.

Click on each image for a larger view.


LS34 Deer Feeding


LS35 Deer Feeding 3D


LS38 Star of Bethlehem


LS39 Star of Bethlehem 3D


LS53 Wedding Carriage

 

   

Other Handcrafted Designs

These fine handcrafted designs come in a number of themes, including Christmas, Easter, all-year, and religious designs.

Religious


LS100 The Good Shepherd

     

Ornament Sets

Set of 6 handcrafted wood ornaments made from natural wood veneer and with a gold string for hanging.


LS79/01 Nativity Designs