Siegl Santa Collection
The James V. and Helene Y. Siegl Santa Collection of over 100 hand-carved Santa Clauses, Mrs. Clauses and elves. The Siegl Santa’s are crafted from the finest Wisconsin Linden wood. Each Santa is rough cut with a band saw to form the general shape and then skillfully hand carved with European style gouges. A 4-inch-tall Santa could take 10 to 15 hours to carve, while a foot-tall one could take up to 100 hours. Once carved to satisfaction, each Father Christmas was handed to trusted wife, Helene Siegl, who spent hours mixing paints and delicately brushing on the beautiful, intricate colors.
Many of the Santa’s were inspired by pictures the couple clipped and saved over the years. Others came from their imagination. The Siegls’ playful, vivid imaginations amounted to over 100 unique Santa’s from around the world. From Scandinavian, German, Irish, Swiss, Austrian and American styled Santa’s to the wood carving, hiking, cooking, sleeping and sledding Santa’s the carved holiday family of figures elicit the spirit and joy of Christmas year-round.
Jay Christopher purchased the collection from Mrs. Siegl in 2014 with the intention to share the collection with the community during the Christmas Season at various local organizations.
This year the Santa Collection is on display at the Plymouth Generations Intergenerational Center.