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See that picturesque image of the highly skilled and passionate carpenter lovingly handcrafting beautiful traditional wooden toys in a tiny Santa Claus like workshop in the foothills of the Austrian Alps? That’s Klaus Mader (Klaus with a K!), founder of Mader Kreiselmanufaktur, since 1991

Each creation is painstakingly made by hand, often by Klaus himself, out of locally sourced wood. Some tops require up to 20 different stages, such as wood turning, burning, embossing, carving, brushing, painting and varnishing – finished with the signature burnt stripe

One can’t help but admire the attention to detail in every of these little treasures, the most irrestitible invitation to play