In Germany's Erzgebirgskreis district, home of the Ore Mountains and just north of the Czech border, the town of Seiffen is known for its wooden toys and Christmas traditions. When silver and tin mines started dying down in the 17th century, crafts like lacemaking and carved wooden toys and figurines began to take its place. Today Seiffen is known for its nutcrackers, "smoking men" carvings, and choir pyramids.
Choir pyramids, or Christmas pyramids, are carved wooden figures usually depicting Christian themes like angels, manger scenes, or Christmas carolers as in our linden and birch-wood version. The tree in the center is made one curl at a time by an artisan using a chisel. If he or she breaks a curl, the artisan has to start over from the beginning. The heat from candles in the base propels the fan at the top, causing the carolers to gently spin. Life-sized versions of these choir pyramids are popular at the Christmas market (Christkindlmarkt) and other festivals throughout the Erzgebirgskreis and across Germany.
Handcrafted in Seiffen, Germany. Linden wood, birch wood, and metal; candles not included. Approximately 10"H.
Please note: This choir pyramid is not a toy and should not be used by children. Do not leave candles burning unattended or attempt to move the choir pyramid while candles are lit.