Wilhelm Fuchtner produced the first Erzgebirge nutcracker of spruce in 1870. In 1872 Wilhelm Füchtner, known as the “father of the nutcracker,” made the first commercial production of nutcrackers using the lathe to create many of the same design. The figures created by him were the prototypes of the world-renowned Seiffen nutcrackers.
Our traditional family history is to Keep to an old Tradition. Our forefathers were carpenters. In the summer they worked on a building site, but in the winter they were jobless. Turning a need to the virtue, the wood-carving knife and other wood turning tools had to provide for supporting the large families. In Later years the Seiffen Nutcracker originated from the wooden figures that the Fuchtners had produced in the past. The figure of the nutcracker attained its poetic representation in Heinrich Hoffmann’s stories, “King Nutcracker and the Poor Reinhold” in 1951.
Peter Tschaikowsky’s, Nutcracker Suite has contributed substantially to the popularity of the nutcracker in the USA.
In strict family tradition all the nutcrackers, smoking men, angels and miners continue to be produced according to the model of the oldest Seiffen folk Art,
thereby preserving their origin. The Family business stands in its 6th generation and will remain loyal to its tradition in the future. Today the family tradition is
continued by Volker Fuchtner who was born in 1951. All pieces are hand crafted in Seiffen Germany