This craftsman uses mostly his feel for the wood to create these incredible Span Trees (Spanbaum) in the Seiffener Volkskunst Studio in the Erzgebirge Region of Germany.
Using a method developed in the 1930's, the trees are hand carved from linden wood, curl-by-curl, layer-by-layer. The craftsman hand cuts hundreds of precisely curled “branches” made with only a chisel. Trees come in many sizes from a tiny 5 cm to a towering 1 meter high.
Gingerbread World does not stock these trees but we would be happy to special order them for you from our friends at Seiffener Volkskunst. Where you will find them in our shop is on the Choir of Carolers Pyramid. Plus we've just added new for 2018 Santa with Spanbaum Pyramid from Richard Glässer and Deer with Spanbaum Pyramid.
I am excited to be travelling to the Erzgebirge Region on Germany this summer to visit the studios where the wooden ornaments, Nativities and Pyramids are made.
Follow along with me on social media - Facebook or Instagram - as my daughter and I travel to Seiffen in in the state of Saxony in the area known as the Ore Mountains.
Owner @ Gingerbread World