In her newly founded workshop, Marlen Tröger, a master wooden toy maker and designer, has dedicated herself entirely to the traditional production of wooden objects, especially for Christmas decoration, in the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains) region. In doing so, she finds new ways in the design of this centuries-old rich tradition, which is usually passed down within families. ABOUT Marlen Tröger is one of the few manufacturers of Christmas wooden decoration who has learned in the center of the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains) wooden toy production, the famous Christmas village Seiffen, and who has additionally completed a study in wood design. She combines the roles of craftswoman and designer in one person, as well as the fascination for traditional Erzgebirge wood design and new processing techniques and product developments. WORKSHOP / SPACE The workshop, the storage room, and the sales room in Limbach-Oberfrohna are located in a single-family house on the Main Street in the village. Marlen Tröger moved to the small town near Chemnitz only after her studies and operates one of the few workshops located outside the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains). TECHNIQUES AND PROCESSES The production of a hand crib (Hand Nativity Scene) requires the cutting and processing of many, sometimes very small, individual parts. First, a ball is turned from a piece of wood, which is then hollowed out, sanded, and provided with a star-shaped bore. For the Holy Family, both the wooden parts for the bodies and the tiny heads and hands are cut, turned, sanded, and colored. Finally, the fully assembled figures are placed inside the ball. At all stages of work, tools are used that Marlen Tröger has developed and manufactured herself. The wood for her products comes from the surrounding forests. KEY PRODUCTS The best-selling product is the hand crib. This (Christmas) decorative object consists of a hollowed-out ball with a star-shaped bore, in whose protective cavity the figures of the Christian Holy Family, Mary, Joseph, and Jesus, are embedded. The object is called a hand crib because its spherical shape make it very pleasant to hold in the hands. In addition, Marlen Tröger manufactures a year-round usable plate with five depressions for seasonal decorations, in the center of which small enchantingly detailed seasonal scenes can be attached.