Too Eager

Too Eager

Apr 30


Yep, sometimes I get too eager to work on a piece and forget to get before photos. this is one of those instances.


This piece came in from one of the Nutcracker Collectors Club members with a lot of cracks and checks throughout. Some actually went completely through the piece.


Here are some photos of the piece after it was repaired. All the cracks and checks have been stabilized, filled, and blended to match the rest of the piece. Lots of work, but it’s worth it.








This piece had a carving of some sorts on the top that had broken off. The customer wanted the remnants of it removed and blended with the rest of the top’s texture.




This was a great piece with a ton of detail and was a lot of fun to work on.


The customer was very happy with how well it came out.


Rolling Eye Anri – Man

Rolling Eye Anri – Man

Apr 20



Here is a rare Rolling Eye Anri that came in for repair from the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum.


As you can see in the pictures below, this piece had a bit of damage around the mouth.

The face was also starting to split on each side of the nose where the wood runs thin.






Here are a few pictures of the piece after the repairs:








This picture shows how the eyes roll when the lever s pulled to open the mouth:




As I mentioned before these are very rare. I’ve been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on a few of these.


—– Brandon



Anri Old Man

Anri Old Man

Apr 09


The previous piece was an old woman, so it’s only fitting I post the Old Man Anri repair.


This guy came in missing most of the nose.




Here he is all fixed up with his new nose:








If you are keeping count, this was #5 from the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum.



Anri Old Woman

Anri Old Woman

Apr 02


That Groden was a fun piece, now back to the Anris Arlene Wagner sent from The Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum.


Here’s an old woman Anri that had a lot of damage to the lower jaw. This is a common break because people think the nuts get cracked in the piece’s mouth like a traditional soldier style nutcracker.


Most if not all figural nutcrackers are made assuming the nut will be cracked in the back between the lever and body. So when people try to crack nuts in the mouth, they get broken.


Here is the piece before the lower jaw was rebuilt:




Here are some photos after the piece was fixed:










This is #4 of the nine pieces received from The Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum.


More to come soon.


A Groden

A Groden

Mar 26


I’ve been posting a lot of Anri Nutcrackers lately so I figured a recent Groden repair would fit right in.


Grodens and Anris are kind of related. The Groden valley of Italy produced nutcrackers as far back as the 1700s and may have been a contributing factor to the famous nutcracker production firm called Anri to be established by the Italian artisan, Anton Riffeser in the 1920s in northern Italy.


The Groden nutcrackers pre-date the Anris. They are very rare and highly sought after by collectors.


I’ve been very fortunate to have had a few of these very rare pieces come through my shop over the years. Grodens are prone to having base and feet problems. The wood grain runs vertical throughout the piece which causes these areas to be weak.


The piece that came into the shop was no exception:






Here you can see I’ve added a new base, feet, and carved a new lever.













This is as far as I’m going on this piece, the customer is going to paint and finish it.


I’m hoping they send me pictures once its done!


Anri Chef

Anri Chef

Mar 23


Here’s a great example of an Anri Chef nutcracker.

This one came in with a couple chunks missing from the chef’s hat.


Here’s a picture of it in process of being repaired:




Here are some photos after the repairs:





This piece had a very unique patina that was a challenge to replicate. As you can see by the following photo, it came out perfect.




The shop has been really busy so stay tuned for more posts coming soon!


—– Brandon


Really Old Anri

Really Old Anri

Mar 19


Here’s another great piece from the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum.


It came in with the jaw pushed in and an old repair on the handle that needed blended in.


Here’s a picture of the piece when it came in:




Here’s a close up of the jaw and handle before the repairs:






Here are pictures of the piece after the jaw was fitted with a new pin and the handle repair blended in better:










This is one of those pieces that you have to know where to stop with the restoration.


The wear and tear I’m leaving alone is this piece’s signature of authenticity. It’s from many years of being used and shouldn’t be fixed. It’s undeniable proof of its age.


The piece came out great, and I am looking forward to getting this piece back to the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum soon so it can go on display for many to enjoy.



Anri Cat

Anri Cat

Mar 13


Here’s a great piece from the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum.


It’s an Anri cat that was in need of a new pin and a paint refresh.


Here’s a couple before photos:






Here’s how the Anri Cat nutcracker looks now:










This is a very rare piece and it came out great.


Stay tuned, many more pieces to come!