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Modern German Folk Art

"Toy making" is a centuries old tradition in the northeast part of Germany known as the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains) - remarkably beautiful forests, hills and small towns must have inspired the artisans in their work. Nutcrackers, Smoker figures, Nativity Scenes and more are turned or carved from wood and hand painted in small workshops.

But the folk art has continued to evolve and new manufacturing techniques are married with age-old traditions and young artist-entrepreneurs are putting new twists on iconic forms.

Gingerbread World is pleased to offer a large selection of both traditional and modern Wooden Figures from Germany - from the Erzgebirge and from other regions like the Schwarzwald (Black Forest). Here are some of the more modern designs we stock.
  • Gingerbread World Gahlenz Holzkunst Smoker Figure - Business Person G16512
    Gingerbread World Gahlenz Holzkunst Smoker Figure - Business Person G16512

    Gahlenz Holzkunst Incense Smoker - Financial Auditor

    $174.95

    This is absolutely my favourite Smoker of 2020 - maybe my favourite item in the whole shop!The Financial Auditor Smoker figure is really fired up a...

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  • Gingerbread World Gahlenz Holzkunst Smoker Figure - Business Person G16502

    Gahlenz Holzkunst Incense Smoker - Financial Auditor with Umbrella

    $174.95

    This is absolutely my favourite Smoker of 2020 - maybe my favourite item in the whole shop!The Financial Auditor Smoker figure is really fired up a...

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  • Gingerbread World Christkindlmarkt-online - Günter Reichel Natural Wood Nativity Scene handcrafted in Germany
    Gingerbread World Christkindlmarkt-online - Günter Reichel Natural Wood Nativity Scene handcrafted in Germany
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    Günter Reichel Natural Wood Nativity Scene - Angel, Bedouin, Camels and Palm

    $189.95

    I was immediately enthralled with this new Nativity Series from the artisans at Studio Günter Reichel. My family has been in wood manufacturing for...

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  • Gingerbread World Christkindlmarkt-online - Günter Reichel Natural Wood Nativity Scene - Holy Family w/ Stable and Animals
    Gingerbread World Christkindlmarkt-online - Günter Reichel Natural Wood Nativity Scene - Holy Family w/ Stable and Animals
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    Günter Reichel Natural Wood Nativity Scene - Holy Family w/ Stable and Animals

    $129.95

    I was immediately enthralled with this new Nativity Series from the artisans at Studio Günter Reichel. My family has been in wood manufacturing for...

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  • Günter Reichel Natural Wood Nativity Scene - Shepherds w/ Sheep and Fence
    Günter Reichel Natural Wood Nativity Scene - Shepherds w/ Sheep and Fence

    Günter Reichel Natural Wood Nativity Scene - Shepherds w/ Sheep and Fence

    $189.95

    I was immediately enthralled with this new Nativity Series from the artisans at Studio Günter Reichel. My family has been in wood manufacturing for...

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  • Gingerbread World Christkindlmarkt-online - Günter Reichel Natural Wood Nativity Scene - Three Kings or Three Wisemen
    Gingerbread World Christkindlmarkt-online - Günter Reichel Natural Wood Nativity Scene - Three Kings or Three Wisemen

    Günter Reichel Natural Wood Nativity Scene - Three Kings with Palms

    $169.95

    I was immediately enthralled with this new Nativity Series from the artisans at Studio Günter Reichel. My family has been in wood manufacturing for...

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  • Gingerbread World Modern Pyamid and Candle Holders Kleinvieh LBK104
    Gingerbread World Modern Pyamid and Candle Holders Kleinvieh LBK104

    Kleinvieh Lichtelbaukasten Modern Erzgebirge Set - Black and White

    $221.95

    A modern take on traditional German folk art in bold black and white (natural light-coloured wood). The Pyramid that is often seen during the Chris...

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  • Gingerbread World Modern Pyamid and Candle Holders Kleinvieh LBK103
    Gingerbread World Modern Pyamid and Candle Holders Kleinvieh LBK103

    Kleinvieh Lichtelbaukasten Modern Erzgebirge Set - Green and Red

    $221.95

    A modern take on traditional German folk art in Christmasy red and green. The Pyramid that is often seen during the Christmas Season is presented h...

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  • Gingerbread World Modern Pyamid and Candle Holders Kleinvieh LBK105
    Gingerbread World Modern Pyamid and Candle Holders Kleinvieh LBK105

    Kleinvieh Lichtelbaukasten Modern Erzgebirge Set - Natural Oak with Candles

    $221.95

    A modern take on traditional German folk art. The Pyramid that is often seen during the Christmas Season is presented here for year round enjoyment...

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  • Gingerbread World Modern Pyamid and Candle Holders Kleinvieh LBK205
    Gingerbread World Modern Pyamid and Candle Holders Kleinvieh LBK205

    Kleinvieh Lichtelbaukasten Modern Erzgebirge Set - Natural Oak with Nutcracker

    $221.95

    A modern take on traditional German folk art. Each of the classic Erzgebirge wooden pieces is represented - the Nutcracker, the Smoker, the Pyramid...

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  • Gingerbread World Modern Pyamid and Candle Holders Kleinvieh LBK102
    Gingerbread World Modern Pyamid and Candle Holders Kleinvieh LBK102

    Kleinvieh Lichtelbaukasten Modern Erzgebirge Set - Yellow and Orange

    $221.95

    A modern take on traditional German folk art in playful yellow and orange. The Pyramid that is often seen during the Christmas Season is presented ...

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  • European Ware Haus Raeder Design Canada Porcelain White and Gold Heart Stones Waldfabrik Heart shaped Bowl
    European Ware Haus Raeder Design Canada Porcelain White and Gold Heart Stones Waldfabrik Heart shaped Bowl

    Räder Design Heart "Stones" Set of 5

    $37.95

    Räder creates modern, minimalist gifts and deko designed in Germany. These porcelain Heart "Stones" with gold details come in a set of 5. Display t...

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  • Gingerbread World Seiffener Volkskunst Christmas Limited Edition Smoker Figure - Watchman SV12902
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    Seiffener Volkskunst Limited Edition Christmas Incense Smoker - Night Watchman

    Original price $149.95
    Current price $119.95

    The artisans of Seiffener Volkskunst make just 99 of these Limited Edition figures each year. Each figure is numbered and certified. Gingerbread Wo...

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  • Gingerbread World Erzgebirge Canada – Seiffener Volkskunst - Modern Smoker Christmas Pyramid Snow Scene 16403
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    Seiffener Volkskunst Modern Pyramid - Christmas Scene

    $214.95

    A modern take on the iconic Christmas Pyramid. The blocky design celebrates the beauty of natural wood with a stylized depiction of Santa and his s...

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  • Gingerbread World Erzgebirge Canada – Seiffener Volkskunst - Modern Smoker Christmas Pyramid Gnomes 16454
    Gingerbread World Erzgebirge Canada – Seiffener Volkskunst - Modern Smoker Christmas Pyramid Gnomes 16454
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    Seiffener Volkskunst Modern Pyramid - Gnomes

    $184.95

    A modern take on the iconic Christmas Pyramid. The blocky design celebrates the beauty of natural wood with a group of Gnomes going round and round...

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  • European Ware Haus Seiffener Volkskunst Modern Smoker - Santa with Swivel
    European Ware Haus Seiffener Volkskunst Modern Smoker - Santa with Swivel

    Seiffener Volkskunst Modern Smoker - Swivel Head Santa

    from $134.95

    Clever design by Design.Werk in Germany and brought to life by the artisans at Seiffener Volkskunst. Santa’s head and pointy hat turn freely on the...

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  • Waldfabrik Natural Wood Angel Figures with Metal Wings

    from $28.95

    I fell in love with these stately Angels with their weathered metal wings. Each Angel is unique with the colour and graining of the wood and the wa...

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  • Gingerbread World Waldfabrik Turned Wood Apple Fruit Ornament 5330
    Gingerbread World Waldfabrik Turned Wood Apple Fruit Ornament 5330

    Waldfabrik Natural Wood Apple Fruit Ornament

    from $7.95

    My Oma (German for grandmother) had a bowl of wooden fruit ornaments in her home so perhaps that is why I am so drawn to these wooden Apples. The l...

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  • European Ware Haus Waldfabrik Canada Heart Shaped Natural Wood Stones Set of 6
    European Ware Haus Waldfabrik Canada Heart Shaped Natural Wood Stones Set of 6
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    Waldfabrik Natural Wood Heart Shaped "Stones", Set of 6

    $33.95

    Each one of these Heart "Stones" has its own story told through the graining in the wood and the tree rings. Tree rings eagerly tell the stories of...

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  • European Ware Haus Raeder Design Canada Porcelain White and Gold Heart Stones Waldfabrik Heart shaped Bowl
    European Ware Haus Raeder Design Canada Porcelain White and Gold Heart Stone Waldfabrik Small Heart shaped Bowl
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    Waldfabrik Natural Wood Heart Shaped Bowl

    from $11.95

    These sold out way more quickly than we had anticipated. We are not able to bring in more prior to Valentine's Day. Sorry The beautiful heart-shape...

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  • European Ware Haus Waldfabrik Canada Wooden Heart Shaped Candle Holder WF4119 - web
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    Waldfabrik Natural Wood Heart-Shaped Candle Holder

    $22.95

    Celebrating the beauty of natural wood in a heart shape, this Candle Holder for tea lites is a wonderful gift for Valentine's or Mother's Day. Come...

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  • European Ware Haus Waldfabrik Canada Wooden Heart Shaped Jewelry Box WF4557
    European Ware Haus Waldfabrik Canada Wooden Heart Shaped Jewelry Box WF4557

    Waldfabrik Natural Wood Heart-Shaped Treasure Box

    $39.95

    Hide a little something special inside this gorgeous wooden box for your Valentine! The lid lifts off to reveal a space large enough for jewelry, s...

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  • Waldfabrik Maple Leaf shaped wooden platter W5144
    Waldfabrik Maple Leaf shaped wooden platter W5144

    Waldfabrik Natural Wood Leaf-shaped Platter

    $34.95

    Gorgeous oiled hardwood Platter in the shape of a Maple Leaf shows off the beauty of natural wood. Handcrafted in the Schwarzwald - Black Forest - ...

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  • Gingerbread World Waldfabrik Turned Wood Mushroom Ornaments 5303
    Gingerbread World Waldfabrik Turned Wood Mushroom Ornaments 5303

    Waldfabrik Natural Wood Mushroom Ornament

    from $7.95

    Mushrooms (or Pilz in German) are intriguing in every way. These lathed wood Mushroom Ornaments celebrate that intrigue as well as celebrate the gr...

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