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Woodcraft with Heart

In this column on some of the pages you will find a brief history or description of the main crafts, the Erzgebirge Holzkunst. We hope you find the information of interest and that you may see why in Germany, its known as, Holzkunst mit Herz. Woodcraft with Heart.

Much from the rich history of typical Seiffen peoples craft, Volkskunst, which has its roots in wooden toys turned on the lathe, has stood the test of time over the generations up to the present day.

Seiffen also known as Toy Town, Spielzeugdorf Seiffen, and the Christmas Village, Weihnachts Dorf, is still the main town in the Erzgebirge, producing, Christmas Pyramids, Weihnachts Pyramiden, Smoky Men, Räuchermann, and much more.

Today not so much toys to play with, but appreciated across all age groups, the skilful hands of the wood turners and artists, appealing to each generation in its own way, from the youngster mesmerized by the little incense puffing figures ( Smoky Men / Smokers ) to the avid collector with the appreciation for the work of the German Master Craftsman, in Germany and throughout the World.

The following pages will illustrated some of the artistic skills of the master craftsmen and the artistry of their products.

We hope you enjoy looking, shopping and reading through our web site and hope too that you will discover a fondness for this exquisite wood work from the Erzgebirge, Made in Germany.

Candle Arches

The Candle Arches or Schwibbögen as known in Germany, come in all sorts of sizes and styles.


A large selection of collectable figures, Santa’s, Angels, Flower and Winter Children available. Lovingly handmade in Germany.    


Wonder in Wood is the only Christmas Shop in England specialising in woodcraft from the Erzgebirge in Germany.

We have the largest selection of genuine German Christmas Decorations in the country with a large selection of items suitable for all year round as well as Easter and other seasonal items.  We are a UK supplier and all our items are dispatched from here in England, this helps you with any necessary after sales service and with shipping costs.     

If you are looking for an item not on our site, please email us we are happy to help, source and give you our price.

Welcome to Wonder in Wood “The German Christmas Shop ”   For the best in Genuine German Woodcraft.

Handmade German Christmas Pyramid with Santa and Snowman.

Christmas Pyramids

This charming pair of KWO Smokers, Holmes and Dr Watson

Smoky Men

Beautiful Christmas tree decorations from the Erzgebirg, Germany.

Tree Decorations

We have Pyramids from some of the top makers in Germany. With a selection of at least 30 Christmas Pyramids always available.

The lovely incense burning smokers are available in many styles and designs for throughout the year.

Christmas tree ornaments and decorations light up the Christmas tree with their own special charm.

Nutcrackers large and small.


The Stately wooden Nutcrackers adorn many a home throughout the world.


Delightful Music Boxes.

Music Boxes


Delightful Music Boxes, the boxes themselves handmade by German craftsmen and Women.




Wooden Letters A - Z Candles in red, white or natural for Christmas Pyramids, Candle holders and candle Arches. Candles:

A wide selection of Candles for all of the items we stock in a choice of three colours.

Also Angel Chime candles.


A large selection of Incense Cones. A selection of Christmas scented Incense cones. Toys and Puzzles:

A fine selection of quality Toys and Puzzles for + 3 years. Handmade in Hungary by Fauna.

A new selection of scents and makes of Incense cones are now available from Chocolate to Roast Almond.


Quality Handmade Toys and Puzzles.

Wonder in Wood

Is a Member of

The Skipton Chamber  of Trade and Commerce


Federation of small  


Candle Holders

Wooden candle holders with a variety of scenes from Santa and Snowmen to scenes of the Nativity.


A wide variety of candle holders. Noah's Ark and 18 pairs of hand carved animals.

Noah’s Ark

Noah and his wife with a selection of ring - turned animals the Ark and rainbow.    



Easter items are in plentiful in season and a smaller selection are available throughout the year.

Decorations and ornaments for Easter.



The Nativity story is depicted in a large variety of items from individual pieces to full Nativity sets.

Train Letters:

Wooden letters of the alphabet can bring you a special name you are looking for on a Train.


And the


Erzgebirgische Volkskunst






Incense Cones

Situated at 12 Otley Street BD23 1DZ, just off the High Street and only a couple of minutes walk from the main car park, 5 minutes from the train Station.  We are open all year round.


Angel Chimes:

Memories of Christmas past, the glow of the candles and the gentle chime of the bell as the Angels pass by.