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Project by kiefer posted 12-29-2017 05:21 PM 1758 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is our old Christmas pyramid which is one of our treasures it was made in eastern Germany in a mountain region called ERZ GEBIRGE .
Over the years problems developed caused by shrinking because we live in a low humidity part of Canada and also some damage occurred during several moves so this year I got busy and did some careful repairs and got the propeller moving again .The shaft that the propeller is mounted on runs in a glass bearing cup and also has the bottom two rotating tables mounted on it which had separated from the shaft so with a almost complete tear down and careful reglueing shimming and repairs it works like new .The other problem was the size of the candles which are almost impossible to find but a adapter made from printer paper rolls solved the problem .
Now the biggest problem is who inherits it as all our kids and grand kids love it and my preferred solution would be to share it on a rotating basis yearly .


-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 12-29-2017 05:53 PM

Very cool Christmas pyramid(I was unaware that’s what they’re called) I really like these Christmas items they really give that old world sense of wonder to The Holidays. I can’t think of more capable hands than yours Klaus to handle this restoration. very nice work.

Happy New year

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#2 posted 12-29-2017 06:08 PM

I have never seen one like that. That is really cool. I like the idea of rotating Christmas as to who gets to use it each year. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 12-29-2017 06:22 PM

Very nice Klaus. It wouldn’t be very difficult for a woodturner to do the turned parts, maybe you could get a local turner to make them for you and you could make the rest. I’m assuming you are not a woodturner.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 12-29-2017 06:36 PM

These pyramids are really great at Christmas, especially when the paddles are rotating.
We a have “Christmas Shop” in York that sells them in all sorts of sizes. They are very popular and sell well.
Have a great New Year!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#5 posted 12-29-2017 06:39 PM

Klaus ( as in Claus?) :<d>s own heirloom?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 12-29-2017 07:42 PM

Nice work Klaus. A priceless family heirloom that no one would be able to enjoy in the future without your expert touch. A rotating stewardship sounds like an excellent plan.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 12-29-2017 07:44 PM

We have the little Brass version, Have to watch little ones when candles lit! Hit the motherload with Marzipan this year! Almost as good as being in Lubeck. Hope you and yours had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#8 posted 12-29-2017 08:31 PM

Sounds like quite a complex piece Klaus well worth your careful Restoration, a lot of great memories for the family with this one, thanks for sharing :)
cheers for the season

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#9 posted 12-29-2017 09:50 PM

What a beauty. Makes me want to get started on the pattern I have for one designed by Volkner.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#10 posted 12-29-2017 10:06 PM

Good to see you have it in tip top shape. Keeping the family heirlooms around for the rest of the family to share is priceless. Who get it will be a problem if they all enjoy it. I say take the highest bidder and run with the cash.
Just kidding Klaus.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 12-30-2017 01:32 AM

Nice restoration Klaus. I have never seen anything like this before.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#12 posted 12-30-2017 01:39 AM

Looked at my comment. It’s missing a bit. I thought that you had made this. Never saw something like it before. Possibly you could make your own family heirloom of a similar nature for the kids? Then no one would feel left out?

Taking turns is good too!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 12-30-2017 02:55 AM

Klaus, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
I have seen these before, but never one this elaborate. Congratulations on the restoration. If anyone could accomplish this, it would be you. Best to you and your family.

-- jbschutz

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#14 posted 12-30-2017 03:12 AM

kiefer, that looks like something I could/would never make… so on behalf our could-be’s, or would-be’s, well done.., and a Merry one to you and yours!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#15 posted 12-30-2017 03:18 AM

My first time laying my eyes on a Christmas Pyramid. Beautiful restoration Klaus.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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