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Inventing a little world with intense joy where the heart finds a home. Touchingly beautiful of high artistry.


Since 1989 a distinctive own collection grew with the pleasure of innovation and technical mastery – unconventional and modern, poetic and always with a bright blinking.

The following success story is based on the quality of our manufactory. Our figures are still predominantly created by hand from the first sketch to the final touch – with dedicated employees, fresh ideas and of highly handcrafted quality. Both the unique design as well as care and development of traditional handicraft were awarded with many prizes the last years. For example, they won the design award of the association of craftmen from the Ore Mountains “Tradition und Form”.

The fantasy flourishes by curiosity and marvellous wooden figures are produced. No matter if funny Santa Clauses, Kobolds, Well-Wishers or the Crib figures – they all become a final figure through the work of many hands, handcrafted mastery and a great passion for detail. You actually can see it and feel it in your hand. With their modern design and typical handwriting, our small heroes differ from traditional handicraft from the Ore Mountains, but they’re still agreeable conventional.

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Milestones and awards

Touchingly beautiful made of wood since 25 years.

 
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  • 1989

    Brave beginning

    On the first day of January 1989, Björn Köhler founded a "workshop for wood design and turning"

    First step into self-employment with a workshop for wood design and turning. First equipment: home-made turning lathe, saw and sanding machine in combination with new, innovative ideas and a strong will to go own ways in a traditional handicraft.

  • 1990

    New challenges

    Bowl and vase were the first products of the workshop

    In autumn 1989 everything changed. Björn Köhler was one of the first doing community service in the DDR. On the first day of July 1990, he took up his self-employment again after the currency reform. The first professional product photos were made - and cost about 3 monthly incomes.

  • 1991

    Beautiful and hard at the same time

    Björn Köhler's crib figures can be seen as a precursor of new design in traditional wood design

    Björn Köhler did at first all the work by himself. Despite the extreme workload, he experimented intensively with the material wood and discovered all the possibilities of his handicraft. A new design in traditional wood working was created.

  • 1992

    On the Road

    The red-nosed Santa becomes the cute ambassador of our manufactory

    In 1992, the marketing in other parts of Germany began. First journeys with the Trabant lead to Hessen, Bayern and Baden-Württemberg, later also in the North. When everything was sold, the journey went back to the workshop. The first red-nosed Santas were created and developed as cult figures to a signature feature of our company.

  • 1993

    International Tradefair

    First stand at Frankfurt's fair "Ambiente"

    Björn Köhler participated at the renowned trade “Ambiente” in Frankfurt. The order books were filled because the products attracted interest. Björn’s wife Peggy Köhler undertakes tasks in the manufactory – in addition to her job as a nurse.

  • 1994

    Personnel increase

    Claire Beyer, the first apprentice of the manufactory, holds faith with Köhler since years

    Björn Köhler can employ another turner. Shortly afterwards, the first apprentice Claire Beyer followed who is still employed today. In the following years, Björn Köhler trained constantly trainees in the handicraft.

  • 1995

    Important award

    In 1995, the crib wins one main prize in the competition "tradition and form"

    The competition "tradition and form" firstly takes place. With his crib, Björn Köhler wins a main prize. The figures get honoured because of their quality of connection between tradition and modernity and the very natural way of working with wood.

  • 1996

    Addition to the family

    Becoming a father brings new ideas - little rattling dolls are created

    The first daughter of Björn and Peggy, Paula, is born. This happy event inspires to new ideas regarding his figures. In the advent, Björn Köhler attends at a lot of Christmas markets in Wolfsburg, Hamburg, Wolfenbüttel, Itzehoe and Solingen.

  • 1997

    Lübeck tradition

    The christmas market in the Heiligen-Geist-Hospital in Lübeck becomes an integral part of the event schedule of our company

    For the first time, we can display our products in the huge hall of the Heiligen-Geist-Hospital in Lübeck. Since 1997, we present our products every year to a big audience mostly from North Germany. Thus, some of our cribs found their way from Lübeck to Denmark and Sweden.

  • 1998

    Creative home

    In 1998, we layed the foundation for further growth of the manufactory with a new building

    Since many years, the small workshop is bursting at the seams. In 1998, new room for 12 employees was made. On the outside traditional and long-established and on the inside one could find modern machines, friendly rooms and a beautiful glance on the landscape. New creative ideas and high quality goods are created.

  • 1999

    Export hit

    Due to a big order of an US-american purchaser, our cuddly originals became an export hit in 1999

    An important order of a well-known shop in the USA demands a lot of work. After visiting a fair, a purchaser ordered a higher number of our originals. We had little time to produce them, but our highly motivated team mastered the challenge with brilliance.

  • 2000

    Turned birds

    Turned birds can convince at a symposium for turner in Olbernhau in 2000

    The symposium of turners throughout Germany takes place in 2000 in Olbernhau. A lot of products are presented. Björn Köhler wins a prize for his "turned birds". Peggy's and Björn's son Karl Louis is born.

  • 2001

    Little Green Men

    The category "Little Green Men" and "Eggheads" are awarded with the prize "Tradition and Form" in 2001

    The category "Little Green Men" and "Eggheads" win the prize "Tradition and Form" Especially the reduction of shape and colour, the humoristic design and the character, which is not depending on a season, are honoured. A new group of young people shows increasing interest.

  • 2002

    Traditional handicraft

    Way more than 1000 visitors come to our workshop every year at the third sunday in October to the "day of the traditional handicraft"

    The manufactory participates at the "day of traditional trade" for the first time. On that day, we open our doors to curious visitors. It began small and became a huge event with an unique atmosphere, insights into the handicraft, joyful music and culinary experiences.

  • 2003

    Spatial expansion

    In 2003, the yard of our maufactory gets completed with a new building and becomes as it is today

    Through lucky circumstances, we had the chance to buy the nearby plot of land. In 2003, we started to redesign the area completely. The courtyard as it exists today was build. Our trainee Rico Schubert gets honoured as the best German turner trainee.

  • 2004

    Honoured winners

    Our cuddly Santas and the additional sortiment of trees and animals are awarded with the main prize "Tradition und Form" in 2004

    Our Santas and the matching sortiment of trees and animals win the main prize “Tradition und Form”. Especially the great quality, innovation and humour of the figures are standing out. On the occasion of his training to a designer in trade, Björn Köhler participated at the exhibition “UNIKATE” in the castle “Wasserschloss Klaffenbach”.

  • 2005

    Childish inspiration

    Since 2005, a group of friendly Well-Wishers enriches the sortiment of Köhler Kunsthandwerk

    Peggy's and Björn's daughter Lotta Emilia is born. The own children and their playmates are an effervescent inspirational source for a new collection of figures: the little Well-Wishers come into being and enlargen the all-season assortment of Köhler Kunsthandwerk.

  • 2007

    Checkmate

    Powerful and delicate at the same time - Björn Köhler's chess game wins the design award "Tradition und Form"

    The in 2007 by Björn Köhler developed chess set wins one of the main prizes of the competition “Tradition und Form”. Both powerful and delicate at the same time, it shows that Björn Köhler again and again finds new ways of expressions with the material wood.

  • 2008

    New appearance

    In 2008, we redesigned our logo. From now on, it has the characteristic red nose which is the secret emblem of our manufactory

    In close cooperation with our longstanding partner Ralf Brenner, an independent appearance was created. The logo presents itself with the characteristic red nose, the secret emblem of our manufactory. A new catalogue firstly appears in a quadratic format and receives huge appreciation.

  • 2009

    Jubilance in anniversary year

    The Santa band firstly enters the stage in the anniversary year 2009

    Our manufactory celebrates its 20th anniversary. The new Santa band firstly appears in spotlight and gets honoured with a special award of the competition "Tradition und Form".

  • 2010

    International award

    Björn Köhler's chess game wins the third prize of the Europe work group of turners in 2008.

    Björn Köhler takes the third place in a competition of the Europe work group of turners under the topic "contrasts".

  • 2012

    Public's favourite

    The figure "Schlingel" is awarded with an audience award of the "Freie Presse" in 2012

    Björn Köhler wins an audience prize from the daily paper “Freie Presse” in the competition “Tradition und Form” for his figure “Schlingel” (which means “scallywag”). The figure is a mascot and trophy of the same-named international film festival for children and adolescents. A smaller version of the “Schlingel” complements our assortment in a limited edition.

  • 2013

    Ambassador of the Erz Mountains

    District Administrator Frank Vogel appoints Björn Köhler to the ambassador of the Erz Mountains in 2013

    District Administrator Frank Vogel appoints Björn Köhler to the ambassador of the Erz Mountains. This honour appreciates his efforts to maintain and enhance good handicraft tradition. The good reputation of the region is carried out far over its boundaries through the uniqueness of the products.

  • 2014

    Birthday present

    In anniversary year 2014, Björn Köhler's newest designs win the audience award of the daily paper "Freie Presse"

    On the first day of January 2014, the company celebrates its 25-year anniversary. For this reason, Björn Köhler designed several figures with apparent reference to the birthday of the manufactory. They get honoured by the readership of the “Freie Presse” with the audience award. What a lovely birthday present!

  • 2015

    Shop in Seiffen

    Shop in Seiffen: you can experience the whole charm of our cuddly originals here

    Since 2015, you can find us also in Seiffen the whole year round. In our shop in Haupstraße 52 you can see and buy the whole assortment of Köhler Kunsthandwerk.

Kaufen bei uns

Buy from us

manufature store


Goetheweg 4 · 09575 Eppendorf
phone: +49 (0) 37 293 / 70 484

opening hours:
Mo. to Fr.  8 am - 6 pm
Sat.  8.30 am - 12.30 am

additionally:
1. Advent Saturday,  Dec. 1st 2018,  8.30 am - 3 pm
2. Advent Saturday,  Dec. 8th 2018,  8.30 am - 3 pm
3. Advent Saturday,  Dec. 15th 2018,  8.30 am - 3 pm
4. Advent Saturday,  Dec. 22nd 2018,  8.30 am - 3 pm

Shop in Seiffen


Hauptstraße 52 · 09548 Seiffen
phone: +49 (0) 37 362 / 881 400

opening hours:
Mo. - Sa.  10 am - 6 pm

additionally:
Buß- und Bettag,  November 21st 2018,  10 am - 6 pm
1. Advent Sunday,  Dec. 2nd 2018,  10 am - 6 pm
2. Advent Sunday,  Dec. 9th 2018,  10 am - 6 pm
3. Advent Sunday,  Dec. 16th 2018,  10 am - 6 pm
4. Advent Sunday,  Dec. 23rd 2018,  10 am - 6 pm

Further buying sources


Our high-quality products are available at many competent specialist retailer in Germany. We are very happy when you buy our small originals there. 

If the shop is too far away or they don't have every product in stock, you can also find our products online. For example, in our partner shop which has our whole assortment in stock all the year.

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