Erzgebirge crafts are well-loved wooden folk art from Germany that not only make the perfect gift but are also a collector’s item that can be passed down between generations, just like our Black Forest cuckoo clocks. Our selection includes several classic Erzgebirge nutcrackers, incense smokers, bunny figurines, Christmas angels and pyramids with different traditional scenes and candles, and more. You may have seen these handicrafts for sale at Christmas markets around the world and in souvenir shops across Germany. They are all handcrafted in Germany using the same craftsmanship known across the world. Take a look at our diverse selection of Erzgebirge wood crafts below.
The tradition of making wooden handicrafts began in the 1700s when the people in Erzgebirge in East Germany needed to make an income and wood was plentiful. Erzgebirge is world-famous for handmade wooden products that keep the artisan tradition alive. The Erzgebirgische Volkskunst association includes manufacturers following the traditional methods of craftsmanship for making these wooden crafts, which supports tradesmen in learning the art of woodworking. You can look for the trademark symbol “Echt Erzgebirge-Holzkunst mit Herz” on the product to make sure it’s not an imitation, and this helps support the continued craftsmanship of handmade wooden crafts.