Fuchtner 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.
Our ancestors were carpenters. In the summer on the construction, unemployed during the winter. The virtue of necessity made the carving and turning tools for the livelihood of the large family had to make.
Volker Füchtner On August 23, 1844 Wilhelm Friedrich Füchtner was born in Seiffen. Like his ancestors, he also learned the trade of carpenter. Wilhelm Füchtner was he who established the first Erzgebirge Nutcracker 1870 from spruce wood. The characters he created were the archetypes of the world famous Seiffen Nutcracker.
The products of Füchtners were wooden figures, which showed in later years Seiffen's Nutcracker. The figure of the Nutcracker gained its poetic representation in Heinrich Hoffmann's Tales "King Nutcracker and the Poor Reinhold" in 1851. Peter Tchaikovsky contributed greatly with his "Nutcracker Suite" to the popularity of The Nutcracker in the United States. Gotthelf Friedrich Füchtner, who lived from 1766 to 1844, offered already in 1809 on the Striezelmarkt in Dresden Seiffen toys for sale.
In strict family tradition especially the Nutcracker, but also Smokers and Angel and Miner were continued. Thus, the products have maintained their origin on the model of Seiffen's oldest folk art. The family business is in its sixth generation, and will hold in the future its tradition loyalty.
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.