The Erzgebirge is a low mountain range in the province of Saxony, Germany. Erzgebirge means Ore Mountain.
In the 14th century silver, tin, iron and nickel were mined here but it was always covers by a abundant forest.
In 17th century the making of wooden wares became a second source of employment. The village of Seiffen is the traditional center for today's wooden folk art.
Workshops representing generations of the same family work to continue the heritage of folk art designed by their ancestors.