10 Best Arches of 2020

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Schwibbogen Guide

Schwibbögen originate in the Erzgebirge. For about 300 years Schwibbögen have been a staple of folk art in this low mountain region on the border with the Czech Republic in addition to the famous nutcracker and Christmas pyramids. Until the abolition of the inner German border Schwibbögen were known almost without exception in the former GDR as a Christmas decoration and popular. Mostly during Advent and Christmas, the candle arches are placed in the windows of the houses and with candles or electric lampsilluminated. Since the fall of the wall in the late 1980s Schwibbögen find more and more friends throughout Germany and Europe. Meanwhile, you can buy Schwibbögen in many different sizes and designs in the trade. The offer ranges from simple, machine-made Arches to the filigree worked out Arches which is made by master hand in weeks of work.

Schwibbögen – simply illuminated or illuminated from the inside

In the simply illuminated Schwibbögen the candles or lamps protrude beyond the outer edge of the bow. The holders for the candles are then mounted on the back of the sheets with a small distance to the edge. Usually these Schwibbögen are only one piece. In contrast, the inside illuminated Schwibbögen are made of two or more parts, which are mounted with a distance of about 2 – 3 cm on the base. The candles or lamps are located at these arches in this space. This arrangement of the illumination makes the motifs inside the bows stand out better.

The XL Arches with the motif „miners“ by yanka-style is a beautiful example of a simply lit. Arches with 10 electric lamps. With a length of 70 cm, this simply designed Arches already to the big models for the domestic windowsill.

A typical lighted arch is the model SEIFFENER CHRISTMAS MARKET by SIKORA Weihnachtswelt. The economical LED lighting creates an atmospheric light and brings the motif of the candle arch into the foreground.

From the simple Schwibbogen made of sheet metal to elaborately designed masterpiece

Until the 20th century Schwibbögen were made of thin metal sheets. Sheet metal was chosen as the material, because at that time several glued, thin wooden boards, which did not warp even when wet, were not available yet. Hand-carved Schwibbögen of solid wood were very rare and expensive. Since the sheet metal work by hand is very laborious and time consuming, the Schwibbögen were still relatively simple and almost only two-dimensional design at the time. Hand-carved, ornately decorated Schwibbögen of wood or elaborately decorated Schwibbögen made of sheet metal could afford only a few wealthy people. Only with the emergence of thin plywood and multiplex wood materials were more and more Schwibbögen made of wood. Today, only wooden Schwibbögen are available. Modern, computer-controlled machines today enable Schwibbögen with finely detailed motifs for which you would have to pay a small fortune a few decades ago.

The candle arch „Alt Dresden“ by Müller Kleinkunst in Seiffen is a handcrafted candle arch with very finely carved motifs. However, this piece of traditional craftsmanship also has a corresponding price.

The very rare metal Schwibbögen can still be found today in the Colors Manufactory. The Schwibbögen are available with widths of 1 to 2 meters and in different colors. Specially designed for outdoor use, the Schwibbögen are massively manufactured accordingly.

No matter which kind of Schwibbogen one decides. Whether large or small, with simple motifs or masterfully carved by hand, each Schwibbogen brings a very own, pre-Christmas atmosphere in every house. Something very special are Schwibbögen, which are lit like hundreds of years ago with real candles. If it should be electric lamps, then make sure that the very economical LED lamps are used.

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