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Discover Germany | Culture & Lifestyle | Hubrig

How wooden figurines warm hearts and homes Creating adorable figurines, traditional candle arches and other seasonal decorations from indigenous woods, Hubrig Volkskunst GmbH has brought childhood memories to homes all over the world since 1969. TEXT JULIKA HUETHER | PHOTOS: HUBRIG VOLKSKUNST

The German Erz Mountains are internationally known for the traditional handicrafts produced in the former mining communities. For Thomas Hubrig, the story began when his father, a shoemaker from the town of Zschorlau, inspired him to do woodwork. Soon after, they converted a sewing machine to a fretsaw and created their first candle arch. Today, Hubrig has 43 employees and employs additional support workers during the run-up to Christmas. One of many companies in the region to produce decorative objects from wood, Hubrig is so popular that collectors from all over the world cannot wait for the winter and Christmas

collection to be published and enquire about details as early as the previous spring. There are many reasons why Hubrig products are so popular. One is the high quality of the locally sourced wood and the

production process. The colourful, intricate details found on every figurine are painted by hand, using specially developed nontoxic water-based colours. These filigree details are another reason why Hubrig products are as popular as ever. They are a mark of authenticity that collectors adore and immediately trace back to Hubrig. But most of all, Hubrig figurines are loved because they bring back childhood memories, are reminiscent of bygone times and traditions, and fill homes and hearts around the world with warmth and a sense of comfort.