A look at our production processes

How exactly do these precious tiny creations from theWendt & Kühn workshops which have kindled such incomparable fascination come to be? Their origin lies in the rich treasure trove of artistic productivity with which the family-run company has been blessed, first from Grete Wendt and and then later Olly Wendt. It remains the basis for everything we produce – faithful to the originals – to this very day.

Historic designs

The origin of the current range of figurines and music boxes is a collection of more than 2,500 instantly recognizable original designs, patterns and drawings from the pens of designers Grete Wendt and Olly Wendt, née Sommer.

In faithfully reproducing them, we have retained the original shapes and colors of the figurines and music boxes. Through the passing on of this craftsmanship from generation to generation, each individual piece becomes a striking work of art that radiates charm, good taste, tradition and exclusivity.

Every year, we carefully select which figurines to remove from production for at least five years. They are then given an honored place in the Grand Sample Cabinet in the historic gallery of the 270-square-meter Wendt & Kühn World.

From timber store to wood turning shop

The genesis of our cheerful little figurines begins in the lumberyard of our Grünhainichen workshops. Here the logs that have been cut into boards are left to dry. It will be a good two years before they can be fashioned into square, flat or rounded profiles ready for further processing. The wood is then shaped on the lathe with a range of wood turning tools, curl by curl.

Under the skilled hands of the wood turners, the initial physical contours or rotationally symmetrical components emerge, ready to be cut, milled and sanded into their final form. But there are still many hours of meticulous handcrafting ahead before these simple figurative forms become fully-fledged compositions.

From gluing shop to dipping shop

Miniscule parts are often glued together. Still embryonic in nature, the Grünhainichen Angels®, for example, thereby slowly take form from body, instrument and wings. Before the figurines can be painted in such intricate detail, a coating of usually white primer is applied.

It all starts with an even light-colored base undercoat to give the paint which comes later a warm radiance. To ensure that the later paint layers will have just the right thickness, the figurines are placed onto needle-like rods after being dipped in their primer bath and twirled like whisks. This spins off any excess primer and the now uniformly even base coat is left to harden.

Artistic painting

Along with their inspired figurative form, the childlike miniatures owe their exuberance to their masterly painting. Experienced hands painstakingly apply fine brush strokes to each figurine, accessory item and music box. The colors and the embellishments which bring these tiny beings to life were dictated decades ago in the original designs, which still serve as a guideline for our experienced painters today.

A small work of art has been created

The finishing touches: the skilled hands of the toymakers now carefully apply the final details to these masterpieces in miniature and mark the underside of each base with the initials “W. u. K.” to authenticate their origin.

The company’s logos have undergone only a few changes during the more than 100 years of its history. Sometimes for historical reasons, sometimes for artistic ones. We have put together for you a detailed overview of all the Wendt & Kühn logos.

Videos from our workshops

Dot by dot

For the first time in its history of more than 100 years the eleven dot angel has eleven different colored dots on its green wings instead of the traditional eleven white dots. Color by color and dot by dot, the painters in the manufactory apply them.

Delicate flowers

This little girl is showing off her iris. She seems to know just what skill Mother Nature needed when she fashioned it. Here you can see the level of craftsmanship required in the paint shop, for example, to bring this delicate wooden copy to life.


In the video you can follow how the components that make up the Cockerels body are turned and glued with care, and finally how our painters apply his coats of paint with a fine brush, layer by layer. It takes many skilled hands to bring this powerful design to life.

Maritime masterpiece

The helm grasped firmly in his hands, a knowing smile playing on his lips: this is how the helmsman Jan Kimm appears in our collection. He was designed by Grete Wendt in 1959 as a special commission for an insurance company in Hamburg.

Fairy tale magic

In 1929 Grete Wendt also felt inspired to create another fairy tale design. This group of figurines depicts the scene in which Red Riding Hood approaches grandmother’s bed. Take a close look at how beautifully the wolf in grandmother’s clothing is portrayed.

Enigmatic night owls

The owls first appeared in the company catalog for 1930. No other group of figurines from Wendt & Kühn combines perfection of form and color as impressively. The way they are painted is quite unique and makes them true masterpieces of figurative craftsmanship.

A magnificent leaf canopy

The deciduous tree has a permanent place in our collection. It forms, for example, the centerpiece of the “Children’s Procession” music box. It takes years of experience, skill and technical expertise to turn a rotating piece of wood into this intricate shape.

Colorful flowers

No other product group embodies Grete Wendt’s values so clearly as the Blossom Kinder with their naïveté, kind-heartedness and assurance. Follow the Blossom Kinder on their journey, from simple block of wood to collector’s item.

Magical worlds

Enchanting and inspiring – Wendt & Kühn offers the exceptional all year round. Both at the headquarters of its traditional manufactory in Grünhainichen and in the toy village of Seiffen. This film gives you an insight into our retail spaces and our interactive worlds.