KWO shelf sitter incense smokers from the Erzgebirge

KWO - well-known manufacturer of shelf sitters in the Erzgebirge

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What are KWO Shelf Sitters? A Glimpse into Erzgebirge Folk Art

Definition and Use of KWO Shelf Sitters

Shelf sitters, known in German as "Kantenhocker," are special Erzgebirge incense smokers, where the body serves as a seat and the legs dangle loosely. These unique incense smokers are perfect as decorations on sideboards, bookshelves, windowsills, and other living areas. They also find a comfortable spot in picture frames or on chimneys. Whether in living rooms, shops, or office facilities, shelf sitters create a cozy atmosphere everywhere.

Shelf Sitters by KWO as Part of Erzgebirge Folk Art

The so-called shelf sitters are an integral part of Erzgebirge folk art and bear witness to the regional tradition of Christmas decoration. They are lovingly hand-turned from native woods such as maple, birch, beech, alder, spruce, or linden. Originally, these incense smokers were simply functional covers for burning incense cones, but Erzgebirge folk art has refined them into genuine works of art over the years.

Collector's Joy with Shelf Sitters from the Erzgebirge

The designers of the company KWO create new, original motifs of this series every year and present them to friends of Erzgebirge folk art. Each shelf sitter from the Erzgebirge delights the heart of collectors. The novelties and their year of manufacture can be found in the product descriptions on our online shop seiffen.com.

Frequently Asked Questions about Shelf Sitters

What kind of wood is used for shelf sitters?

The folk artists in the Erzgebirge live in a forest-rich environment, which provides them with the suitable woods for making the shelf sitters. Spruce, maple, beech, and pine are the most common types of wood for Erzgebirge wooden articles, including the popular shelf sitters. Exotic woods are only used in rare cases to support sustainability in forestry.

Where can I buy shelf sitters?

Shelf sitters can be made from various materials such as fabric, ceramics, plastic, or wood. However, the shelf sitters from the Erzgebirge are made of wood and are part of the Erzgebirge folk art. You can purchase these treasures in the numerous wood art shops around Olbernhau and Seiffen, or browse our diverse range on our website www.seiffen.com.

What accessories are available for shelf sitters?

For your shelf sitter, you can find original and useful accessories in our shop that serve as a seat. Whether various benches, barrels, chimneys, or even a rolling pin - your taste decides.

Which shelf sitters can I buy?

The most popular shelf sitter motifs include the mushroom picker, the lumberjack, the toy maker, the coffee Saxon, and of course, Santa Claus. Whether you're interested in various professions like pilot, chef, or doctor, themes for dog and cat lovers with their animal companions, or spry retirees - you'll find the perfect incense smoker for your home or as a gift in our shop.

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  • MADE IN GERMANY
    Only originals from the Erzgebirge

  • Know-how from 20 years
    Online shop and own production