Master craftsmanship

Fairy tale magic

Autumn and winter are the time for fairy tales. In 1929 Grete Wendt also felt inspired to create another fairy tale design. This group of figurines depicts the scene in which Red Riding Hood approaches grandmother’s bed. Take a close look at how beautifully the wolf in grandmother’s clothing is portrayed. And the intricately painted decoration on the bed is also astonishing.

We have put together a detailed series of photos showing how our Wolf in Four-Poster Bed is made using the finest craftsmanship. Prepare to be amazed!

Masterpieces of figurative craftsmanship

Enigmatic night owls

In May 2018 a masterly trio of owls joined our collection. They are a reissue of figurines that first appeared in the company catalog for 1930. No other group of figurines from Wendt & Kühn combines perfection of form and color as impressively as these owls. The way they are painted is quite unique and makes them true masterpieces of figurative craftsmanship. An exclusive video shows the painstaking work that goes into their production and how the unique paint effects are achieved. You will be amazed!

Masterpiece of expert wood turning

How the deciduous tree gets its leaves

The deciduous tree has had a permanent place in our collection for many years. It forms, for example, the centerpiece of the “Children’s Procession” music box. The age-old form of the 15-centimeter-high tree gives a hint of the high level of craftsmanship required to turn it on the lathe. It takes years of experience and exceptional technical expertise to give to a rotating piece of wood this most unusual shape. It also requires flair and a feel for form.

This is the reason why in December 2018 the German Commission for UNESCO rightly added the art of wood turning to Germany’s nationwide inventory of intangible cultural heritage. In an exclusive video we show you how the delicate foliage of our deciduous tree is created through skillful turning on the lathe. You will be amazed!

Splinter Boxes

Magnificent decorative pieces

100 years after the founding of Wendt & Kühn, an almost forgotten product line has been brought back into the collection: splinter boxes. Until well into the 19th century these wooden boxes were used primarily for packaging. Today, they are considered to be one-of-a-kind handcrafted treasures themselves, as exceptional dexterity is required to apply their painted patterns. This video shows you the skill and artistry that goes into their painting. Prepare to be amazed!

A glimpse inside Wendt & Kühn

Two magical worlds

Enchanting, inviting and inspiring – Wendt & Kühn offers something out of the ordinary all year round. Both at the headquarters of its traditional manufactory in Grünhainichen and in the famous toy-making village of Seiffen.

Do you want to know more? This film gives you a brief insight into what you can experience in both our magical worlds.

Master craftsmanship

How the Blossom Kinder come to life

On the lathe, the flower messengers first receive their childlike form. Body and head are already recognizable. So that this still rough wooden cone can once become a delicate and smooth figure, she takes a bath in a kind of washing drum full of sandpaper. This process is especially important for the color to last.

Accompany the Wendt & Kühn flower children on their way from edgy wood to a magical collector's item.