Incense Smokers & Ore Mountains – Say what?!
You have no idea about the Ore Mountains? You don’t understand what all the fuzz is about those Incense Smokers? No worries – that’s about to change! The Ore Mountains are a mountain range in the east of Germany, to be exact in the south of the state Saxony right at the Czech boarder. For centuries the mining industry formed this region and many customs and traditions originate from that time. When the rich ore reserves ran dry, the folks from the Ore Mountains were in need for a new way to earn money and so they began to produce handcrafted art from wood and bobbin lacemaking.
Nutcrackers, Schwibbogen (candle arch), Christmas Pyramids, Advent Stars and hand carved wooden figures – all good comes from the wood.
Especially famous are the Ore Mountain Incense Smokers, called Raachermannln, that were firstly mentioned in the beginning of the 19th century. Whilst that time the folks from the Ore Mountains began with the burning of cone shaped candles during Christmas time that look a lot like coal and smell like incense. In order to give the black cones a little bit of glamour (or in other words: to cover them ugly things off) figures were built around them. The Incense Smokers were inspired by people from everyday life: The great-grandfathers of our BOYS FROM THE WOOD were lumberjacks, hunters, mushroom collectors and minors.