German pyramids or Christmas pyramids are wooden handicrafts that are made by skilled artisans in the Erzgebirge mountain (ore mountains) region of Germany. This community of artists, woodworkers, glassmakers, and craftsmen has been making original handmade arts and crafts for hundreds of years. In addition to German pyramids, this area of Germany is world famous for their unique style of craftsmanship in making German smokers, nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks, glass Christmas ornaments, wooden figurines, and a variety of other handmade German arts and crafts. The origins of the German pyramid, as with all of the wood crafts made in this particular region of Germany, has a very interesting history and knowing its journey makes owning an original German pyramid even more special.
These are delicately crafted of native German woods, lathe-turned, hand-painted pyramids create a subtle play of shadow and light as the heat from the candles turns the fine blades. As they have for over 200 years, German pyramids still symbolize the light and joy of the season.
In 1934 Richard Glasser began carving and selling wooden figurines in the city of Seiffen, in the Erzeberg Mountains of Germany. He wanted to be sure to use the best quality woods, carve friendly figures, but keep them affordable for everyone. He sold the figurines individually, but the best were put into Nativity Scenes or onto Christmas Pyramids.
Today, 130 Employees produce over 800 different items at their workshop in Seiffen. Their Pyramids are probably the most famous, but they also produce Smokers, Nativity Sets and Music Boxes using designs and motifs that have been in use for centuries. The “RG” logo is on every Richard Glaesser product and is a sign for highest quality from the German Erzgebirge. Visiting the workshop was an amazing experience!
And now, there are even mini-pyramids… only 4 inches tall!
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